Some of our libraries have reopened after the coronavirus lockdown and the rest will be reopening soon.

These libraries are open on Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm:

  • Brixton
  • Carnegie
  • Clapham
  • Durning
  • Minet Library
  • South Lambeth
  • Streatham
  • West Norwood
  • Lambeth Archives
  • Home Library Service
  • Upper Norwood Library (Is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

Make an appointment

You will need an appointment before you visit the library for the services listed below. This is to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. Appointments will be on Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. You do not need to make an appointment to return items to these libraries.

Call or email your library or the Archives to book an appointment

Brixton Library

Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JQ
020 7926 1058

Carnegie Library

192 Herne Hill Road, London SE24 0AG
020 7926 6050

Clapham Library

Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7DB
020 7926 0717

Durning Library

167 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4HF
020 7926 8682

Minet Library

52 Knatchbull Rd, Vassal, London SE5 9QY
0207 926 6073

South Lambeth Library

180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP
020 7926 0710

Streatham Library

63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PN
020 7926 6768


39 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19 1TQ
0207 926 1063

West Norwood Library

1-5 Norwood High Street, London SE27 9JX
PC bookings, call 020 7926 8092
Select and Collect, call 020 7926 8034

Lambeth Archives

52 Knatchbull Road, London SE5 9QY
020 7926 6076

Home Library Service
020 7926 8335

Services available

Getting online

You will be able to book to use the computers as well as printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.

Select and Collect, borrowing books and DVDs

There is no browsing in the libraries. We will be offering appointments to collect books that you have requested for free from our catalogue. If you prefer, one of our team of expert librarians will select items for you based on your personal tastes. You will be able to borrow up to 20 items, including books, audiobooks and DVDs. We can select items for the whole family; just let us know what you like.

Exhibition in our Libraries

You will have to book in advance to view an exhibition.

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is also restarting and can deliver books to you if you are housebound and cannot get to a library. Email to sign up for this service. The Home Library Service will be doing door-step deliveries only.

Other events and services

Regular events such as reading groups, Wriggle and Rhyme, code clubs, local history talks, ESOL groups for now will continue online.

Join the library

If you are not yet a library member you can join online, or you can email or call 020 7926 0750.

As a member of Lambeth Libraries, you have full access to a wide range of online resources such as e-books, e-audiobooks, films, newspapers, magazines, comics, Encyclopaedia Britannica and much more. Visit to see the full list of online resources.

For further information or if you would like to receive the Lambeth Libraries and Archives regular newsletter with the latest updates please email or call 020 7926 0750.

Coronavirus and keeping you safe

We have been working hard behind the scenes to keep you safe:

  • all our libraries and the archives have had a deep clean
  • when you visit for an appointment there will always be an onsite cleaner to wipe down surfaces
  • hand sanitisers will be available for you to use as you come in
  • screens have been installed at service points
  • layouts have been changed and signs put up so social distancing can be maintained
  • any books returned or archives items touched will be quarantined for 3 days
  • the Home Library Service will be doing door-step deliveries only
  • toilets will not be available except for emergency use and by those with disabilities so they can be cleaned between use

To help maintain a high level of safety we ask you to:

  • not come to the library if you have symptoms such as a high temperature or persistent cough or have tested positive for Covid-19
  • you will be required to wear a face covering unless you are exempt
  • only come to the library once you have made an appointment for a service or are returning items
  • at all times follow the social distancing measures so that everyone can enjoy using the service whilst staying safe

All visits to the library from 18th September will be part of the NHS Test and Trace programme. This means that if anyone using the library or archives at the same time as you test positive with Covid-19, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.