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Library Festival

Saturday 8 October, 11am to 3pm

A set of coloured vertical bars of different heights in shades of purple with the letters of library spelled out at the bottom of each bar and the word Festival below that

Join us in Croydon Children's Library for a Library Festival.

Celebrate libraries!

Drop in and meet local children's authors:   
Sarah Kittoe, Cynethia Deluola, Yishebah Baht Gavriel, Lorna Liverpool, Akitoye Sunday and Tracy Gunaratnam.

Join in with the Summer Reading Challenge Celebration at 2pm.

Reserve a place by contacting:

Digital library

Our digital library remains open 24/7 providing access to thousands of books, magazines and newspapers. All this is available for free to library members with a library card. If you're not a library member you can join instantly online.


Enjoy rhyme, rhythm, and songs with your little one at your local libraries. Rhymetimes are free, fun and can help your child learn to talk and to develop their imagination.

Places are limited so contact your local library to book. A list of dates and times, along with contact details can be downloaded below.

Rhymetimes under-fives sessions,(PDF, 569KB)

Museum of Croydon

Museum of Croydon has produced a BHM learning pack, which includes information on English composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Stormzy and Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first black female police officer.

Research Room and Archive service

Following guidance from our Health and Safety and Public Health teams, we are delighted to announce that the Archives Research Room, now under the management of Croydon Libraries, will re-open by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 May 2021.

Initially, appointments will be available from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. You can book an appointment by emailing, providing details of the items you wish to view and preferences for day and time of an appointment.

We will continue to answer remote enquiries and work more closely with our Libraries colleagues in an integrated way to find new ways of sharing our collections with our residents.

Library Consultation 

Our library service in Croydon means so much to our residents.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views and ideas for the service. Your feedback has helped us work through all of the options available to achieve the savings needed for 2022/23, while maintaining a statutory library service.
The three options are: 

  • reduce service hours by 21% across the borough
  • outsource all libraries
  • hybrid – reduction in service hours (2 days per week) to 8 libraries and 5 community run libraries. 

The Library Consultation closed on 26 July.  The options were discussed at cabinet on Monday 16 August at 6.30pm

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