London Borough of Croydon


Opening hours

  • Monday: 9am to 7pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 6pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 6pm
  • Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: closed


  • books, Audio Books and DVDs for loan
  • children's library
  • Wordwise collection for children with dyslexia
  • WiFi internet access
  • free use of PCs including internet access
  • colour photocopier
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • community information
  • enquiry service
  • children's activities - see below
  • reading groups - see below
  • writing group - see below
  • IT taster sessions - see below
  • reading rooms - see below
  • 34 study spaces (Access to quiet study space in branch libraries is subject to availability and may be affected by events taking place in the library at the time. Please contact the library for details.)


​Check full accessibility details on the DisabledGo website.


View the full events calendar.

Download information about our latest events below.

Children's activities

We run the following free drop-in activities for young children:

  • Rhymetime: Songs and rhymes with instruments for babies and toddlers on: Tuesdays from 10am - 10:30am
  • Wiggle & Jiggle: Songs, rhymes, dancing and stories for toddlers over 18 months on: Tuesdays 11am - 11:30am
  • Rock and Rhyme: Songs and rhymes with instruments for babies and toddlers on: Saturdays 10:30am - 11am
  • Storytime: Stories and crafts for children aged 2½ and up. Saturdays 11:00am-11:30am

Reading groups

Adult Reading Group

We have two adult reading groups. One meets on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30am - 12noon. The second group meets on the second Friday of every month at 10:30 - 12noon, both groups are currently full, if you would like to go on the waiting list please contact a member of staff.

Adult Writers Group

Enjoy writing? Ever dreamt of being an author? Then why not join our creative writing group for adults. The group meets on the last Friday of every month at Purley Library from 10:30am - 12noon.  Hope you can come.

Knit and Stitch Group

Meet on the last Thursday of every month from 10am-12noon. If you like knitting, stitching and catching up with friends this is the group for you. Beginners are welcome.

Ancestry Research

Are you interested in discovering more about your ancestors by taking a journey into your past to build your family tree? If so you may like to learn how to use ancestry.  Taster sessions will be held on Mondays at 10:45 - 11:45am, to book a session please contact Purley Library.

Reading Rooms

We have two separate rooms that are ideal for studying and reading in a quiet environment. These rooms are also on occasion used by regular library groups and outside visiting agencies, please contact the library if you would like to check in advance to see if either of the rooms are free for public use.


Please note there are two disabled parking bays on Foxley Lane for badge holders.

There are currently no other public parking facilities at Purley Library. Please use nearby side roads or Purley Tesco's. Please do not use the car park belonging to the Baptist Church which is reserved for private functions.

Community Information

Our community information folders are available for use free of charge to advertise your club or society.

Rooms for Hire

We have a range of rooms available for community related activities.

Please contact the Supervisor at Purley Library to discuss further.

Waste bags

Food waste bags

The food waste bags are now priced at £5.99 for 100.

You can now buy these from all Croydon Libraries.

Green waste bags

You can now buy these from all Croydon Libraries. We sell them for £1 each.

Our display boards are available for use free of charge to advertise your club or society.

Events calendar


Purley Library

020 3700 1013
Address Line:

Banstead Road