London Borough of Croydon

Subscribe to the monthly libraries newsletter

Our online catalogue will be unavailable from 14 October until 1 November while we upgrade to a new computer system. You will be unable to search the catalogue, logon to your library account, or renew and reserve items during this time.


Start-ups in London Libraries

Croydon Libraries’ new service, Start-ups in London Libraries, is here to help you turn your business idea into a reality.  Run in conjunction with British Library and fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, we offer one to one support to both new businesses and those yet to take the plunge, access to online business support databases and a range of free British Library led workshops on how to start and grow your business.

Contact for more information.

The project is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The British Library, 10 participating London boroughs and generously supported by JP Morgan and Arts Council England.

What's on guide

Download the What's On guide or see the pages of each library for events and activities happening near you.


Libraries week 7 to 12 October

Libraries Week is a celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year we are celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world. Libraries Week 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise

Libraries week image

Instapoetry Campaign for young people

Croydon Libraries are seeking campaign ambassadors to be part of our exciting Instapoetry project. We are looking for creative young people to produce Instapoems inspired by this year’s Black History Month theme, R.I.D the Stigma – Representation. Identity. Diversity. 
The poetry will be published on Croydon Libraries’ Instagram throughout October.  Workshops will be held at Central library and Thornton Heath Library. If you are interested in taking part then please contact and let us know which library you would like to attend the workshop at.
Free, booking required. Suitable for young people aged 13-19

  • Croydon Central Library    Monday 7 October        4.30 to 5.30pm
  • Thornton Heath Library     Wednesday 9 October    4.30 to 5.30pm

100 Years of Social Housing library Tour

Following the exhibition in the Museum of Croydon over the summer, 100 Years of Social Housing will tour across the libraries. The end of the First World War in 1918 created a huge demand for working-class housing in towns. Prime Minister David Lloyd George introduced the 1919 Housing Act which was the first step in nationwide provision of good-quality council homes.

Croydon Undiscovered

Discover the history of the borough through the eyes of its record keepers.  Join Lindsay Ould,, Borough Archivist, for this fascinating talk as she focuses on how Selsdon has developed as well as covering the wider Croydon collections including theatres and war records.
Free, advance booking required. Suitable for adults
Selsdon Library            Tuesday 8 October        2.30pm to 3.30pm
Contact to book.

Start-up roadshow

This year we are delighted to be celebrating Start-up day alongside the British Library!

Drop by and mingle at our Start-up Roadshow at Croydon Central Library, network with other entrepreneurs and meet with a variety of local business support advisors to find out what support is out there for your new business.  Visit or contact to register for a workshop or to find out what other support is available.

Croydon Central Library        Friday 11 October        10.30am to 1pm

Space Chase – Summer Reading Celebration

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge ran in Croydon libraries over the summer holidays.  Children signed up, read six books to complete the challenge and were entered into a prize draw.  The winners of the draw will be presented with their prizes at this event.
We would also like to invite our fantastic volunteers to the event who helped to make the challenge a success.
Free, drop-in no booking required.  Suitable for all.
Croydon Children’s Library        Friday 11 October        4.30pm to 5.30pm


Help downloading files