About the Library


Opening times

Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am to 6pm
Sundays – 11am to 5pm

The library is self-service only at the following times:

Tuesdays – Saturdays 1pm – 2pm and 5pm – 6pm 

Sundays 2pm -2.30pm

Lambeth Library Services team 020 7926 1063
Hub on the Hill team 020 8670 4389

This Library was 116 years old on 4th July 2016. The building and activities are now managed by the Upper Norwood Library Trust (UNLT), and the library services are provided by Lambeth Library Services.

Photos of our 110th anniversary celebrations in 2010
Saturday 3rd
Sunday 4th July
 Click each of the dates above to see both galleries of pictures.

Upper Norwood Library – unique amongst Britain’s public libraries!

The Upper Norwood Joint Library was the longest serving independent, joint-funded public library in the country. However, at the end of March 2016 it was taken over by the Upper Norwood Library Trust, with the library service now being supplied by Lambeth. It serves the residents of Crystal Palace, a district where as many as five boroughs converge. 2008 marked the 110th anniversary of the signing of the first Joint Library Agreement between the forerunners of the Croydon and Lambeth Councils of today, in 1898.

The library provides a range of services that make it an important and valued local amenity in the Upper Norwood community. The thriving Children’s Library has links with many local schools and stages a popular weekly programme of activities. 

Visitors often comment on the wide selection of adult lending books available. The large Basement Reserve is full of classic titles, interesting older fiction and non fiction and local history material, beyond what one would normally expect to find in anything other than a central library.

Located close to the site of the iconic Crystal Palace, the library holds an important collection on this world famous building, which burnt down in 1936. There are also collections on Upper Norwood and, to a lesser extent, neighbouring districts, and a special collection on Gerald Massey, a Victorian poet, Chartist, Spiritualist and Egyptologist (see www.gerald-massey.org.uk). Local History postcards of the area are for sale at the Enquiry Desk on the ground floor.

Click here for Interesting historical facts about the library