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Class visits to the library

Central Library, Bexleyheath, Crayford Library, Erith Library, Sidcup Library, Thamesmead Library and Welling Library offer the following range of free services to schools: Visits to libraries can be arranged for all ages and cover a range of topics including:

  • A general introduction to the library as a local free community resource
  • For years 5 and 6 we can cover Information skills and non-fiction, use of reference and online resources.
  • The above talks can be offered as individual or a series of visits.
  • Class visits to borrow books for use in school.

If you would like to arrange a visit for your class to a library in Bexley, please contact the library you would like to visit to make arrangements or email

Privilege Tickets

Teachers, child-minders, early years’ practitioners and home educators who work with children in Bexley are entitled to a special ticket to support their work.

  • Borrow up to 12 books
  • 2 month loan period
  • No daily fines on children's books (but daily fines will be charged on any adult book returned late)
  • Free reservations on children's books
  • Available from Central Library Bexleyheath, Crayford Library, Erith Library, Sidcup Library, Thamesmead Library or Welling Library

To obtain a privilege ticket, bring an acknowledgment letter from your place of work, or relevant paperwork (e.g. child-minders certificate / letter from the Home Education Liaison Officer confirming you are registered as a home educator).

You will also need proof of personal ID, address and signature. (Or your Bexley library card if you are already a member).

You are personally responsible for all books issued on your privilege ticket.

Local Studies

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre present a varied approach to teachers, students and pupils seeking primary source material for local studies projects, or as a teaching resource for the study of history in the National Curriculum. We offer the following range of services to local schools:

  • We cater for class visits for up to 30 children in dedicated area
  • Talks on local history at schools and at the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre
  • Loan exhibitions on aspects of local history
  • Advise teachers on local resources relevant to the National Curriculum and planning of school projects
  • We can supply source material such as photographs, census returns, Victorian and Edwardian house plans and maps

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