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Changes to library services because of COVID-19

Some of our libraries are now open for a click and collect service.

Please access our elibrary services where you can read thousands of newspapers and magazines. You can also listen to almost 72,000 audiobooks and watch films - all free of charge.

Look out for more digital library services. Meanwhile, if you need to contact us, please email libraries@lewisham.gov.uk

If you have overdue items or fines

All fines have been waived and all overdue items have been renewed. If your registration was due to expire before 30 June it has been extended.

Online events and resources

Have a look at the online events we have happening while our libraries are closed due to Covid-19.

Click and collect service

A free click-and-collect service will be available from:

  • Deptford Lounge
  • Downham Library
  • Forest Hill Library
  • Manor House Library
  • Sydenham Library
  • Torridon Road Library.

How to place reservations

Call 020 8314 8024, email libraries@lewisham.gov.uk or place your reservations on our online library catalogue.

If you call or email you will need to leave your:

  • first name
  • surname
  • author's name and title of any books you want to reserve
  • your borrower number, which is on your library card.

We will contact you to let you know when and where you can get your books.

Lucky dip

If you are unsure what you want to reserve you can collect a lucky dip selection.

You choose the genre and we will pick a selection of books in that genre for you to borrow.

These can be collected without a reservation but come early as it may not be possible to make up a selection if your preferred lucky dip genre has run out.

Opening hours

Library at Deptford Lounge

  • Tuesdays 10am–2pm
  • Thursdays 3pm–7pm
  • Saturdays 10am-2pm

Downham Library

  • Tuesdays 10am–2pm
  • Thursdays 3pm–7pm
  • Saturdays 10am–2pm

Manor House Library

  • Tuesdays 10am–2pm
  • Thursdays 3pm–7pm

Torridon Road Library

  • Mondays and Thursdays, 11am–1pm and 2.30–4.30pm
  • Saturdays, 10am–1pm

Forest Hill Library

  • Tuesdays 10am–2pm
  • Thursdays 3pm–7pm
  • Saturdays 10am–2pm

Sydenham Library

  • Tuesdays 10am–2pm
  • Thursdays 3–7pm.

Blackheath Library

Currently not open

New Cross Community Library 

Currently not open

Pepys Community Library

Currently not open

Crofton Park Community Library

Currently not open due to maintenance work

Grove Park Community Library

Currently not open due to maintenance work

Catford Library

Currently not open

Lewisham Library

Currently not open