London Borough of Croydon

Visiting Croydon Libraries

Five Croydon Libraries are now offering time-limited visits for browsing and scheduled computer use. To keep customers safe, scheduled appointments will be required for computer sessions, and will last for 45 minutes to give time for cleaning. You can book your session at the library.  Customers can continue to reserve books through our Select and Collect service
(Please note that the last admission time for browsing is 30mins before closing.)

  • Central Library - 020 7884 5140
    Wednesday: 10am-4pm
    Friday: 10am-4pm
    Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Ashburton Library - 020 7884 5175
    Monday: 10am-2pm
    Thursday: 10am-2pm
    Friday: 10am-2pm
  • New Addington Library - 020 7884 5205
    Wednesday: 10am-4pm
    Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Selsdon Library - 020 7884 5190
    Tuesday: 10am to 4pm
    Thursday: 10am to 4pm
    Friday: 10am to 4pm
    Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Thornton Heath Library - 020 7884 5185
    Monday: 10am to 4pm
    Tuesday: 10am to 4pm
    Friday: 10am to 4pm
    Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Please do not visit us if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Library services could be temporarily closed if a customer or member of the public develops symptoms of COVID-19. We are taking contact details to ensure the safety of our visitors.

To keep our customers safe:

  • you will be asked to sign in and hand sanitise at the library entrance
  • you must wear a mask in the library unless you are exempt
  • under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • one-way systems are in place to ensure safe social distancing
  • there'll be a limit on the amount of people allowed in each site, you might need to queue 
  • visit are time limited and there are no seating or study areas available   
  • I.T. sessions are limited to 45 minutes and must be booked in advance with your library
  • returned books will be placed in bins or boxes to quarantine for 72 hours

We cannot provide the following at the moment:

  • copying and printing services
  • newspapers and magazines
  • casual seating, study space and meeting rooms
  • public toilets and baby changing spaces within libraries
  • events, activities and programmes 

Select and Collect

You can order books for collection from the following nine libraries with our Select and Collect service 

  • Central
  • Ashburton
  • Bradmore Green
  • Coulsdon
  • New Addington
  • Purley
  • Selsdon
  • South Norwood
  • Thornton Heath

Digital library

Our digital library remains open 24/7 providing access to thousands of: 

  • eBooks
  • eAudio
  • digital magazines, newspapers and comics 

It also offers online resources and training courses. 

All this is available for free to library members with a library card. If you're not a library member you can join online

Visit our digital library.

Activities online

Follow Croydon Libraries on Facebook for regular online activities.  

Overdue books

No fines will be issued for the lockdown period and all return dates have been extended to 1 October 2020.

What's next

We are taking a phased approach to ensure that the safety of our staff and members is maintained. It is important that we can adapt what we offer if the situation changes, so please check this page regularly for updates. 
Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we all adapt to these new ways of operating.