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Libraries have reopened

We are delighted to announce that all Bexley Libraries have reopened.

New opening hours are in operation, as part of the new library service model that was agreed by Bexley’s Cabinet in January 2021, following on from the ‘Changes to Bexley’s Libraries 2020 consultation, as below:

Library Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Central (Bexleyheath) 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 7.00pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.00pm
Crayford 9.30am to 5.30pm CLOSED 9.30am to 7.00pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.00pm
Erith CLOSED 9.30am to 7.00pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.00pm
Sidcup 9.30am to 5.30pm CLOSED 9.30am to 7.00pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.00pm
Thamesmead 9.30am to 7.00pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.00pm
Welling CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm CLOSED 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.30pm 9.30am to 5.00pm


All libraries operate on a self-service basis on Saturdays (a member of staff will be on hand to help you use our facilities if you require any assistance) and Central Library is no longer open on Sundays.

We are please to advise that you will be able to:

  • Borrow, return and renew items
  • Access a range of Council services and get other types of help from our staff
  • Make use of our IT facilities, including using a PC, scanner and printing services (subject to availability). Use is limited to 30 minutes and sessions start at half-past the hour to allow for cleaning.
  • Make use of study desks - please note these will be on a first-come, first-served basis

All items that are currently on loan to customers have been extended until 1 August 2021 so you will need to ensure you have returned or renewed any items before this date.

For information about the measures that are in place, please visit the COVID-19 updates page. Please check before your visit for any variations to opening times. These may change at short notice due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on our ability to staff and open libraries.

The Local Studies and Archive Centre is operating on an appointment-only basis. Please visit the Local Studies page for more information.

Click and collect is no longer operating and our standard reservations service resumed.

Don't forget that you can still be able to access our online services, including free access to a wide range of e-books, e-newspapers and much more.

wild world heroesSummer Reading Challenge 2021

The fun begins on Saturday 10th July in all libraries in Bexley.

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge page for more details.


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Bexley Libraries App - Have you tried our app?

You can manage your library account with the free Bexley Libraries App.

Our app has had an update. New features include checking linked family accounts and using your phone as your library card. You can download it today by visiting the Bexley Libraries App webpage.

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The Nest – The New Thamesmead Library

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Construction of the new Thamesmead library is underway – Read the news and information about the development.

Changes to Bexley's Digital Library

Our digital collection of comics and magazines has moved from RBdigital to Overdrive.

You can continue to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines you enjoyed from RBdigital, now available to read in your browser, while connected to the internet or by downloading the Libby app to read offline.

If you  already enjoy the Libby app, there is no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

Magazines available from PressReader will not be affected.

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