Croydon Council is preparing to welcome more customers back into the borough’s much-loved libraries with a phased reopening for all library buildings this summer.
Nine of Croydon libraries are already open for visitors to browse at their leisure, pre-book computers and study areas, and enjoy the spaces. Bradmore Green, Sanderstead and Shirley libraries will continue to offer a Select & Collect service until the end of July.
From 2 August Bradmore Green, Sanderstead and Shirley libraries will be opening their doors to allow browsing, computer access and study spaces two days a week. More information can be found here or contact the branches for more details. Broad Green Library is being used as a lateral flow test centre and should re-open to the public by the end of August.
Free family activities such as the popular Rhymetimes and Storytimes will also be making a return as they are gradually reintroduced over the summer, with info as it becomes available here. Meanwhile the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is already well underway – young readers can visit libraries to sign up now and collect their free posters and stickers.
Following feedback from residents, Croydon’s libraries are also piloting paid-for summer holiday camps for children ages 5-11. Partnering with the Upper Norwood Libraries Hub, the camps provide the opportunity for budding performers to learn from professional West End artists, discovering new skills, techniques and building confidence as they learn about singing, acting and movement. Booking is available here. Free places are available at Thornton Heath Library for children who receive free school meals – booking here.
To help prevent Covid-19 infection levels rising, library users are asked to continue to scan the QR code for the NHS app to check in on entry and to wear a face covering while inside to help keep everyone as safe as possible.
Opening hours of libraries may vary – for the full list and latest information visit our libraries webpages.
“We know how much people have missed their local libraries and how important they are as community hubs, so I’m delighted that we’ll be able to get all of our library buildings back this summer. Whether you’ve missed relaxing with a book, meeting with friends, or taking part in some of the fantastic family activities, our libraries are looking forward to welcoming you back.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture and regeneration