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Bexley Book of The Year

AND THE WINNER IS...The silence of the girls

Thank you for all your votes for our Book of the Year award. We had a wonderful response, and a very clear winner… 

So, Bexley Library users and readers, you have chosen PAT BARKER’S `THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS` as our BOOK OF THE YEAR 

“A contemporary retelling of the Trojan Wars from the women’s perspective…
a truly fabulous book”

The book:
Or you can try it on e-book

And we were delighted to receive this message back from Pat, telling us how much the award has meant to her:
I'm delighted that The Silence of the Girls has been chosen as Bexley Book of the Year. 

Growing up in a home with very few books as I did, my local public library was of enormous importance to me. In fact, having access to those books is probably what made me a writer. 

So, it's particularly nice to know my book was chosen by library users and readers. 
Thank you all so much. I'm writing my next book at the moment - a sequel to The Silence of the Girls - and this award has cheered me on my way!”


The runner-up was Christy Lefteri’s book The Beekeeper of Aleppo (and Christy is one of our Book Buzz authors this year) 
And we had a tie for third place: Madeline Miller’s novel Circe, and Lara Maiklem’s Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames 

Brand new People’s Network computers are available in all core Bexley libraries!

New public computers

Our recently upgraded computers all come with increased speed and capabilities, plus each branch now has two extra-high specification machines capable of even the most demanding tasks like video editing and 3D design. All of this looks great on our 27” curved monitors and every branch has at least one fast, high resolution document scanner for you to make use of.

As part of this upgrade, all of our public computers now run on Windows 10 and come with Microsoft Office 2016 Pro installed for your use along with the following image editing and 3D modelling software:

  • PrusaSlicer
  • Inkscape
  • Blender
  • GIMP
  • Paint3D

Use of the People’s Network computers is free for all library members.

Book Buzz Literary Festival

The Book Buzz Literary Festival is back for its third season.

It will run from Saturday 15 February to Saturday 29 February 2020.

Visit our Bexley Literary Festival page for more details.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are no longer able to hold a screening of Swallows and Amazons or The Great Gatsby as part of Bexley Book Buzz 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mark Billingham and Alex Marwood in conversation

Please note this event has been rescheduled from Saturday 22nd February to Wednesday 4th March at Central Library, Bexleyheath at 7.30pm, due to circumstances beyond our control. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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, click here

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.


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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Volunteering Opportunities

Do you have time to spare?

Why not help out with one of our fun clubs and activities for adults or children.

Opportunities include our new Digilab role volunteer which involves helping children with our new Discover and Coding Clubs.

Visit our Volunteering page to see all of our current volunteering opportunities.


Theory Test Pro - New!

Practice online any time for your theory test and hazard perception test. Free for library members!

Register for Theory Test Pro



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