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Libraries and local history

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Following the guidance from the Government, we have closed all of the libraries in the borough - Barking Library, Dagenham Library, Marks Gate Library, Robert Jeyes Library, Thames View Library and Valence Library.    

Library members can however access our Online Library Services and Resources 24/7 via mobile app and online . If you need assistance with your library membership, please contact 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. 

Mobile Apps are available to download from Google Play and App Store:

  • My Library App
  • Libby, by Overdrive
  • RBdigital

There will also be no overdue charges from 19 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 and all loans due after 19 March 2020 will be automatically renewed to 30 April 2020.

If you have an item waiting for you at a library, the pickup date has been extended to 30 April 2200.