Children’s Library

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.


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Our Children’s Library is a colourful and lively department with a notice board for children’s local events and services, display boards for art from local schools, and a colouring table with crayons for small children. There are toys and a cosy corner. We provide tables for study and various information leaflets and booklets for parents and carers.

Click here for a list of children’s items for borrowing

Click here to see our children’s regular events

What our members say

“I’m sure my girls would love to sign up to this year’s reading challenge, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you! The challenge last year helped my eldest daughters interest in reading so much, she jumped three levels at school and is never without a book these days!”

Waggle and Hum” reintroduced me and my family to using a library. Now we visit once a week at least and my daughter enjoys reading books. It was also very good for me to learn the nursery rhymes again and meet other mothers and babies. We have made friends for life.”

“This is a splendid library – no matter how many times I bring my children, there are always more beautiful books than we have sufficient tickets to take out. We all love coming here. The staff are fabulous – they couldn’t be more helpful and the events are great too. We are very grateful for this splendid library! The Children’s Librarian in particular is always very kind to my children.”

Children’s Library News

Regular Activities Programme for 2016 until 3oth April

Our regular events happen all year round, not stopping for the school holidays. These sessions are: Waggle and Hum for babies and Sing-a-Story for older babies/toddlers. Please go to our Events page to find out more details.

Saturday Waggle and Hum
A regular Saturday session for dads (although mums and other relatives are also welcome) happens at 10.30am on alternate weeks. See our ‘Regular Children’s Events’ page for details.

Mailing List

Fiona, the Children’s Librarian, has been building an e-mailing list for children’s activities.  If you would like to go on it and have not yet given her your e-mail address please do so.  Lots of parents find this useful.  For example, the 242 children who registered to do the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 ‘Record Breakers’ had an increased chance of completing the challenge due to the fact that they were sent e-mail reminders (137 completed). Come into the library in person to ask or send her an e-mail to

DID YOU KNOW? – Fact Feature

We have a section of books called ‘Wordwise’ books. These books are specially written and printed for readers who have dyslexia or similar conditions. They are special because they are printed on pale yellow paper, have more space between each line of text, the font is clear and slightly bigger than normal and there are pictures to aid the story. The storyline is fast-paced to encourage the reader to continue. If you know of anyone who finds it difficult to read or who is a reluctant reader, please ask a member of staff to show you where the books are kept. All the books have a black and white owl symbol on the spine.

Did you know that if you leave anything in the library we keep it safe for you if we find it? If you realise you might have left something behind, please ask us if we found it so that you can have it back again! Unclaimed items are donated to charity or recyled after we’ve had them for a month.

Children’s items for borrowing

A wide variety of popular and educational films for children including pre-school and primary school ages

Music CDs
For Waggle and Hum rhymes and songs

Audio stories on CDs
Stories for all ages, including teenagers, and language sets

Fiction books
Picture books with a section in dual languages.  Baby sitters’ story box and separate display sections for beginner readers, chapter books, traditional tales, junior graphic novels, puzzles and jokes, teenage books and a Wordwise selection.

Non-fiction books 
A wide variety of subjects including biographies, leisure interests, hobbies and homework topics. Children up to age 16 may borrow these, and there is also a first facts section for pre-schoolers.  There are reference books and encyclopaedias for help with homework to use in the library.