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Libraries and local history

Re-opening your library safely during COVID-19 from 1 September 2020

We want to welcome you back to your library and offer a service to you again, however we need to make sure you and our staff are safe. We have been working to make the buildings COVID-19 secure in line with government guidelines. The following libraries will be open for order and collection.

LibraryMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Barking Learning Centre10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm
Dagenham10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pm
Marks GateClosed10am to 4pm10am to 4pm10am to 4pmClosed
Thames ViewClosedClosed10am to 4pmClosed10am to 4pm
Valence10am to 4pmClosedClosed10am to 4pmClosed
Robert Jeyes Community LibraryClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed

Changes to the Library Service

These are the services that will be available, when libraries re open. Except for book return they will need to be booked in advance and you will need to be a library member to do that.  If you’re not a member of the library, you can join the library online.

Book loans - order and collect

You can request items for loan via our collection service. You can ask for specific titles or types of books, with our online order form by contacting libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 0208 724 8725 / 020 8227 3942. You can also reserve online using the library catalogue. We will contact you to let you know when you can collect your items

Book return

Book returns will be available during library opening hours. Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are available for loan again.

Building access

There will be an Order and Collect service to borrow library items and a limited number of people in the buildings at any one time.

Study space

Pre-booked study space only as there are limited spaces at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. Contact libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8724 8725 / 020 8227 3942.

PC access

Pre-booked 1 hour sessions only at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. To allow for cleaning of PC’s after each session. Priority will be given to residents without access to personal computers. Contact libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8724 8725 / 020 8227 3942 to book your session. You will need your library number and PIN to book. Printing available via card payment only.

These services will not be available when the libraries first open:

  • browsing the shelves
  • printed newspapers
  • PC access without pre-booking
  • public toilets
  • photocopying
  • events and regular programmes in the building
  • room hire