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Reserving library items

Find out how to reserve library items.
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Reserve books through the catalogue

If an item is on loan or at another branch, you can reserve it.

Our online catalogue lists all the material available in Lewisham libraries as well as books available though The Library Consortium. You will receive a notification when your reservation is ready for collection.

Reserving digital items

You can reserve ebooks online or through the RB Digital or Overdrive apps.


Reserve up to five ebooks/audiobooks.

RB Digital

Reserve up to four ebooks/audiobooks. Comics and magazines are available for immediate download with no waiting times.

What you can reserve

You can reserve books, language courses, DVDs and music CDs.

What you pay

  • Adults pay 50p per item.

  • Under 14s do not pay for reservations.

  • There are no charges for reserving digital items.

How many items you can reserve

  • You can reserve up to four eBooks and/or eAudio at a time from OverDrive.
  • You can download and checkout newspapers, magazines and graphic novels in RBDigital and PressReader an unlimited number of times.
  • For all other items you can reserve up to 30 at a time.

How to reserve a library item

You can reserve items by telephone, at your local library or online.

You will need your library barcode number and PIN. To get your PIN contact your local library.


Library Service

London Borough Of Lewisham Second Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Telephone: For book renewals - 03333 704 700 For all other enquiries - 020 0314 8024
Email: libraries@lewisham.gov.uk