Opening Times

Mondays 1pm to 5pm
Tuesdays 10am to 7pm
(please note we are now open across the lunch period)
Thursdays 9.30am to 7pm (please note we are now open across the lunch period)
Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Although our telephone number is normally 020 8670 2551, due to a technical problem we have a temporary telephone number which is 020-7926 1063.

Christmas Challenge 2015!

Apple Book pile

Come into the library now with your children aged 5 – 11 years and register them to join in with our exclusive-to-Upper-Norwood-Library Christmas Challenge. If your child reads 25 books between now and 25th December they will be given a free DVD loan. Ask to sign up at the counter. It’s all FREE!

ARE YOU AWARE? Our public terminals and WiFi are now ready for your use of the Internet and document creation. Please note you will need a USB stick to save your work. If you have not yet come in to get your PIN please go to the Enquiry desk on arrival at the library and ask for it there. It’s FREE!


Buy your Fresh Air Suburb poster here for only £5.50.  And for an extra £1.70 why not laminate?  Please visit and ask at the enquiry desk.

Fresh Air Suburb

What’s On at Your Library

Regular Children’s Events

Waggle and Hum 

Saturday Waggle and Hum 


Special Events in October/November 2015

Stitch Pitch: quilting and patchwork workshop on Mondays 5th & 19th October and 2nd & 16th November

The Norwood Society meeting on Thursdays 15th October and 19th November

Book Club on Saturdays 24th October and 28th November

Second-hand book sale

Library books, DVDs, CDs, games, story tapes, videos and jigsaw puzzles for sale in the Lending Library.

We currently have collectable comics for sale, some of which are complete series.  Don’t miss out; come in and bag yourself a bargain!

All items are individually priced and all audio/visual items are sold as seen.

Children’s books for sale

Children’s fiction and picture books are 40p each or 3 for £1. Starting a project at school? Need pictures or information? Come and buy a fact book here! They are only 50p each or 5 for £2. You can find them in the crates in front of the junior library desk.

 Local history postcards for sale

 A wide variety of postcards depicting the Crystal Palace in Upper Norwood and at its original location in Hyde park; other photographic views of local history interest and reproductions of old local history postcards; local artists postcards of Crystal Palace views. Postcards and posters of ‘The fresh Air Suburb’ advertising image from the 1900s. All displayed and available for sale at the enquiry desk on the ground floor.

 Audrey Hammond painting for sale

On display, we have a signed, limited edition print of local artist Audrey Hammond’s 1985 painting of Upper Norwood Library before the 2004 refurbishment. This painting is featured in the book Crystal Palace Norwood Heights – A Pictorial Record by Audrey Hammond, Brian Dann and Mike Conrad.

The proceeds from these prints are very kindly donated to the library by Audrey to help boost the library’s much-needed income. Click here to see an article about Audrey that was published in the Palace Magazine in Dec 2007.

Please ask at the enquiry desk on the ground floor if you are interested in purchasing a print.

Mike Conrad’s greeting cards and notelets for sale

Norwood notelets and greeting cards from drawings and paintings of the local area by local artist Mike Conrad FCSD FRSA are displayed and exclusively on sale here. All sales contribute to library funds. Click here to view Mike’s gallery of paintings and a small article about his work from the Crystal Palace Community Association website. Please ask at the enquiry desk on the ground floor if you would like to view or purchase.