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News and Announcements

Sidcup Library reopen as normal

From Wednesday 14 October, Sidcup Library will be open as normal. Please visit the Opening Hours page for details.

Have your say on the future of Bexley’s libraries

We are currently consulting on a number of options relating to the delivery of library services in Bexley.
The consultation sets out various proposals, including amendments to opening hours, self-service only times, how events and activities are run, access to the Local Studies and Archives Centre and how Community Managed Libraries are supported. 
View the full outline of the proposals.
You can have your say by:

- Completing our online survey
- Completing a paper survey form available from any of our libraries
- Writing to ‘London Borough of Bexley, Library Services, Footscray Offices, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5HS

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, unless you wish to make detailed comments on any of the proposals.

All responses must be received by 19 December 2020.

Covid-19 – Reopening of libraries

All six of the Council-managed libraries have now re-opened and the Local Studies and Archives Centre is reopening on an appointment only basis, however, the first floor at Central Library remains closed at the current time.

Information about the services we are currently offering, the restrictions that are in place and amended opening hours can be found on the Covid-19 Updates page.

Our Community Managed Libraries are making their own plans for reopening – please visit their websites for updates.

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Half term online stories

Storyteller John Kirk will tell two interactive folktales during half-term for families and age 3+

  • Anansi the Spider - Tuesday 27 October 11am
  • Jack and the Beanstalk - Thursday 29 October 11am
You will be able to view them on our Facebook page from 11am.


Anansi Storytelling Jack and the Beanstalk storytelling


Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre re-opening

From 23 September, Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre will be re-opening on an appointment-only basis on two afternoons a week.

Each appointment will be limited to 30 minutes and can be made by emailing or by calling 020 3045 3779.

For more information, visit the Covid-19 updates page.

Face coverings are required in our libraries

You must wear a face covering in our libraries poster With keep Bexley Safe logo

It is now time to nominate

Bexley Book of the Year

Nominations now wanted for your Book of the Year 2020.

Nominate now!


eMagazines have moved!

Most of our free downloadable digital magazines have moved from our RB Digital portal to our PressReader site. Find out more on our eMagazines page.

Example PressReader magazine covers, New Scientist, Hello!, Good Food and Gardener's World


Bexley Libraries proudly presents...Odd Odes and Short Stories from the Shed

Enjoy three short YouTube videos with three verses from Victorian era Bexley.

An ode to a cucumber

The ballad of Foots Cray Cricket Club

Saga of Fireman Smeed

Bexley Libraries Presents! Short stories from the shed. Mr C holding a book infront of a shed

Your Digital Library is Never Closed

Mobile phone showing the Libby App and Open 24 Hours Sign - The digital Library is always open

You can still access lots of library services from the comfort of your own home - books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, newspapers and lots more!

Your Digital Library is available 24/7 and access to all these great resources is FREE for Bexley Libraries members.

It’s easy to get started - all you need is your library card and PIN, an email address and an internet enabled device, such as a PC, tablet or smartphone.


Resources for learning at home

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There are lots of free, fun and educational activities available to help keep your child occupied at home, now that local schools have closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many schools will have issued guidance on what children can do whilst they are at home, but just in case you need some more ideas, we have come up with some suggestions to get you started.

Online resources for learning at home 

Free digital audiobooks from RBDigitalRB Digital Logo

Bexley Libraries have a new collection of digital audiobooks that you can download free of charge and listen to at home, while our libraries are closed in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
There are 1001 different audiobooks to choose from and it is easy to get started – all you need is your library card number, an email address and an internet-enabled device, such as a PC, tablet or smartphone.
The new audiobooks are available via the RBDigital portal – on the same screen as our eMagazines and eComics, so if you already use RBDigital, you can get started straight away. If not, then just follow these steps to get started;
Visit RBDigital
Choose your free audiobook (or magazine or comic) and click on “checkout”
Set up an account using your library card number and email address
Start listening straight away in your browser or you can download the RBDigital app to listen to your audiobook offline on your device.
Example Audiobook Jackets featuring Hilary Mantel, Jojo Moyes, Peter May and Philip Pullman

PressReader – new for Bexley LibrariesPressreader Logo

PressReader is a fantastic new digital resource that offers FREE access to a huge selection of digital newspapers and magazines to everyone with a Bexley Library card.

Over 7,000 digital newspapers and magazines from across the world, in over 60 languages are available. Over 100 UK and Irish daily newspapers are on Press Reader – including The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Observer. The papers are all full colour newspapers, unabridged, and include supplements.

You can browse and download titles free of charge at any time from any location using the free PressReader app.

For more information and to get started, see our PressReader page

FREE Comics and Graphic Novels

Examples of rb digital eComics

Our range of digital comics and graphic novels has just gotten even better!

All your Marvel comic favourites, such as Spiderman, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Avengers are still available, but now you can also download lots of Disney titles as well, including Lion King, Frozen, Cars, Toy Story, Wall-E, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp etc.

Disney Comic logo and example comic panels

We also have lots of IDW titles, including Angel, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Jessica Jones, Orphan Black, Star Trek and Transformers.

Browse the range.

It’s really easy to get started – all you need is an email address and your library card number.

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Your personal library in the palm of your hand

Download the new Bexley Libraries App for quick and easy access to library services wherever you are, whatever the time. You can search the library catalogue, download eBooks, renew and reserve books and find out about events in libraries. With the App on your mobile device, you'll never be without your library card.

Download it for free from:



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Keep up to date with the latest events, activities, new resources, book news and more by subscribing to our eBulletins.
Sign up here for email updates.

Subscribing takes only a few minutes and you can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

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The Bexley Care Hub is an online portal which provides information on services for older people, those with care needs and their carers. There is information on financial assessments, savings and contributions and a useful tool for users to find services and providers near them. Users are also able to carry out a self-assessment of their own social care needs. Access The Bexley Care Hub




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