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Temporary changes to library opening hours from 9 August 2021

Due to staffing issues, Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library will operate reduced opening hours for a while. From 9 August 2021 to 21 September 2021, Barking Learning Centre will close at 7pm, Monday to Thursday and 5pm on Fridays and Dagenham Library will close at 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please see the table below for further information.

We will soon be advertising our vacancies on our jobs page. If you need help applying, please contact The Job Shop.

Barking Learning Centre9am to 7pm9am to 7pm9am to 7pm9am to 7pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm10am to 4pm
Dagenham9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm10am to 5pmClosed
Marks Gate9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pmClosedClosed
Robert Jeyes Community Library10am to 5pm11.30am to 6pm10am to 5pm10am to 7pmClosed10am to 4pmClosed
Thames View9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pmClosed9am to 5pmClosedClosed
Valence10am to 5pm10am to 7pm10am to 5pm10am to 5pmClosed10am to 4pmClosed
William Bellamy Hub9am to 5pm9am to 5pm9am to 5pmClosed9am to 5pmClosedClosed


Face coverings

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. To help keep everyone safe, face coverings are to be worn inside the libraries at all times (unless exemption applies). Stay home if:

  • you are feeling unwell
  • you have a family member at home who is unwell

Changes to the Library Service

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


There will be no fines for overdue books until after 31 December 2021.