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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The government recently announced that public libraries can reopen from 4 July 2020.

The safety of our staff and customers is very important to us which means Barking and Dagenham Libraries are not yet ready to open to the public.

We are working on:

  • preparing to open Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library from 1 September 2020
  • preparing plans to offer a reduced number of open libraries with reduced opening hours
  • preparing an order and collection service for borrowing of items
  • preparing a booking system for limited access to public computers and study spaces

Library members can continue to access e-books and Online Library Services and Resources 24/7. If you need assistance with your library membership, please contact libraries@lbbd.gov.uk. If you’re not a member of the library, you can join the library online. 

If you are self-isolating and join the library online you will be able to use the eBooks and audio books online with the temporary library number that is issued online. 

If you do not have online access, our Home Library Services Team can deliver books to your home. You can contact them by calling 020 8724 8532 or email: specialistservices@lbbd.gov.uk.

Due to the high volume of enquiries please bear with us and keep checking our website for further updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Your library loans

There will also be no overdue charges from 19 March 2020 to 31 August 2020 and all loans due after 19 March 2020 have been automatically extended to 1 September 2020.

If you have an item waiting for you at a library, the pickup date has been extended to 14 September 2020.

All dates will be kept under review.