The Nest Community Building and new Thamesmead Library are now open

The new library at The Nest in Cygnet Square is now open ahead of a special community event on Wednesday 12 April.

The impressive new building is the second new library to open in the borough in recent months. The new Sidcup Storyteller opened in December last year.

Along with the usual library services, including free wifi and meeting rooms, the new library will offer a regular programme of events and activities.

It is part of a Community Building that is already home to community groups and local organisations as well as a hub for Peabody’s communities team, which will be working with the Council to support local people.

Cabinet Member for Places, Cllr Peter Craske said:

"It's been 10 years since Thamesmead Library had a permanent home, but this extraordinary new building is worth the wait. The wide-open spaces and views across Southmere Lake make it something really special. It’s great that we can now welcome residents in to enjoy it."

Leader of the Council, Cllr Baroness O’Neill of Bexley OBE said:

"This is great news for our residents. The building is a key part of Thamesmead regeneration plans and its impressive design makes it well worth a visit. I’m looking forward to the special opening event on 12 April and hope to see lots of local people there signing up to become library members."

The grand opening event on 12 April has been organised by Peabody. It will take place from 10am to 3pm. On the day visitors will be able to use the new library and take a tour of the rest of the building.

There will also be stalls set up by local organisations showcasing a wide range of services and activities on offer across the town.

Locally-sourced food, funded by Peabody and supplied by local provider Precious Healthy Food, will also be on offer along with creative activities offering family friendly fun, both inside and outside the building, including face painting, storytelling and circus skills.

Local arts organisation, TACO! will host a popular zine workshop, while Greenwich Dance - who are based at the Nest - will provide entertainment.

The previous Thamesmead Library was based in a portacabin in Binsey Walk, Thamesmead.

View from Thamesmead library's children's library looking out over the lake. 

Creative Knowledge Project

As part of the new library development, London Borough of Bexley has partnered with Arts Council England, Peabody Trust and Bow Arts to form The Creative Knowledge Project. This project is led by local arts organisations and artists to empower existing communities in Thamesmead to shape the future of the building.

Bow Arts have commissioned Dunya Kalantery as an artist in residence, to explore future uses and service developments with the local community.  Also, local fine art makers Rima & McRae who specialise in bespoke interior finishes, will work with schools to create an inspirational architectural feature to be installed within the library. 

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