News and Announcements
New click and collect service
During lockdown, keen readers will be pleased to learn that they can still borrow library books. Our new click and collect service will be available at Sidcup Library and Central Library, Bexleyheath for two days a week.
The service has been designed in keeping with the new guidance issued by the government about what services are allowed to run during lockdown. Libraries are able to offer a click and collect service, so long as customers pre-order the books they want to collect.
Please visit the click and collect page for more information.
Library closures - National Lockdown
Bexley libraries will be closed from Thursday 5 November, due to new national restrictions that have been introduced to control the spread of COVID-19.
These new restrictions require a wide range of business and venues to close, including libraries.
Libraries will remain closed for general access until at least 2 December when the restrictions are currently scheduled to end.
The Post Office at Crayford Library will remain open throughout the coming weeks as an essential service and will be operating its normal opening times.
All items that customers have borrowed will be automatically extended until 9 December, so there is no need to worry if your books are due to be returned in the coming month.
Bexley libraries provide a wide range of online services, including free access to a wide range of e-books and online resources.
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.
Face coverings are required in our libraries
Your Digital Library is Never Closed
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.
- Read an eBook
- Listen to an Audiobook
- Read an eMagazine
- Read an eComic
- Read a newspaper online
- Access Online Reference Services
Resources for learning at home
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
PressReader – new for Bexley Libraries
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
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.
We also have lots of IDW titles, including Angel, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Jessica Jones, Orphan Black, Star Trek and Transformers.
It’s really easy to get started – all you need is an email address and your library card number.
Bexley Libraries App
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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Subscribing takes only a few minutes and you can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.
Bexley Care Hub
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