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Barking Learning Centre 

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 9.30pm
Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
  • The Axe Street car park is near by.
  • Bus: 5, 62, 169, 238, 287, 368, 387, EL1, EL2
    Train: Barking
  • Full wheelchair access to centre. Adapted toilets.

    For an accessibility guide please follow the link below;

  • This library allows unrestricted visiting. Membership is free. One recent proof of name and present address is required.
  • There is a small loan charge for some non-book material as well as for services such as printing and photocopying.
  • Books, Large print, Books on tape, Books on CD, Language courses, Music CDs, DVDs, Videos, Newspapers, Magazines, Sheet music and Vocal scores.

    There is a collection of reference stock including directories, maps, legal information and statistics.  This is supplemented by the 24 hour online information collection.  This allows free access to online encyclopedias, dictionaries, legal information and newspapers.  
  • Launched in May 2012 the IG11-19 Lounge is an area at Barking Learning Centre created with and for teens and young people. 

    The area provides teenagers and young adults with their own area to socialise.  It includes a relaxation area with gaming station, music, DVD's and computers with internet access.  It also provides a range of information and guidance on health and social issues.

    Alongside this and regular library services, the library will be working with the newly formed IG11-19 Youth Forum and the Locality Youth Worker to run a  programme of events.
    • Fax service
    • Public computers - subscription or guest usage
    • Children's Library
    • Drop in coffee morning: Thursday, 10.30am to 12pm
    • Story and Rhyme Time: Tuesday, 11am to 11.30am (term time only)
    • Play with a Story with Gascoigne Children's Centre 10.30am to 11.30am  
    • Bookends - Barking Library Reading Group: 1st Monday of the month, 6pm to7pm
    • Audio reading group 1st Wednesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
    • Toy Library: Thursday, 9.00am to 1.00pm
    • Work Club: Monday, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    • E-Library- download e-books on to your MP3 player
    • Photocopier (black and white, colour)
    • Library Events
    • Collection of reference materials including statistics and directories
    • Barking Learning Centre

    Local publications


Barking Library

Barking Learning Centre

2 Town Square


IG11 7NB


Phone: 020 8724 8725 / 8723 (First Floor), 020 8724 8722 (Ground Floor)

Email: barking.library@lbbd.gov.uk


Barking Library