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East Street Library

Traditional Bolivian dancers at East Street library

168-170 Old Kent Road
email: Southwark Libraries

How to get to the library

Bus: 21, 42, 53, 63, 172, 453

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Opening times 

  • Monday 2pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 2pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 10am to 3pm
  • Friday 2pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday closed  

Summer activities for children - Inspired by Roald Dahl

  • Puppets and Crafts Fun Make puppets of the Fantastic Mr Fox and the Enormous Crocodile. Children can also create masks of other popular characters. Monday 25 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Mr Twit’s Decorative Beard What can we find in Mr Twit’s beard? Make the beard, decorate it and dress up as Mr Twit. Borrow and read The Twits for the Summer Reading Challenge. Monday 1 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • We Love Matilda: Trunchbull Training We imagine what it would be like to be taught by Miss Trunchbull the scary headmistress. Come in Miss Trunchbull costume if you dare. You can also have a go at making Miss Honey’s magic finger. Monday 8 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Impressive Inventions Create recipes for delicious sweets just like the ‘Candy Man’ would. Devise concoctions for marvellous medicines and think of a name for your remedy. Write a shape poem in a medicine bottle or sweet wrapper, Monday 15 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • The Big Friendly Readathon Roald Dahl books are great fun to read aloud so we’re going to read books together in a readathon. Everyone will read a part of the book and pass it along to the next person. Children of all ages can join in and parents are also welcome. Let’s see how big our readathon can be. Monday 22 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • James and the Giant Peach Come and celebrate Roald Dahl’s first classic children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, written in 1961. Imagine what it would be like to enter a giant magical peach and the experience you could have inside? Make a giant peach and centipede mobiles. Tuesday 30 August, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Neal Zetter’s Rhythm, Rap and Rhyme Inspired by the books of Roald Dahl Thursday 28 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

A taste of Latin America on the Old Kent Road

Southwark libraries invites you to come and try out East Street Library's Spanish language collection.

Situated on the corner of Old Kent Road and East Street this friendly local library is just a few minutes away from the Elephant and Castle.

The collection features: 

  • Fiction from a wide range of Latin American authors
  • Spanish translations of popular titles from around the world
  • A range of non fiction including history, biographies and cookery books
  • Language courses for Spanish speakers learning English
  • Children's titles in Spanish and in dual language Spanish and English
  • The best of Latin American cinema on DVD

All books and language courses are free to borrow and world cinema DVDs are just £1 for a one week rental. 

It doesn't matter where you live or work, anyone can join Southwark libraries and borrow items from the collection! 

All the books have been selected by the Latin American community, with the support of the Latin American Women's Rights Service.

Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • Baby and toddler sessions, every Thursday 10am to 12.30pm.
  • Homework Help, every Monday, 4pm to 6pm. Term time only 

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

  • Feel Better with a Book, a chance to relax, make friends and enjoy a fresh way to share reading. Every Tuesday, 2pm to 4pm
  • English + is an informal ESOL group. Every Tuesday, 4pm to 5.50pm
  • Conversation Cafe is a chance for speakers of other languages to practice their English language skills. Every Saturday, 1pm to 2pm
  • Free computer classes and learning in libraries.

What else is on offer

  • Book, talking books and DVDs to borrow
  • Adult study spaces available
  • Photocopying and printing facilities
  • Free internet access - 5 PCs available for public use
  • Free Wi-Fi


There is wheelchair access to the library. There is no toilet and no dedicated parking.

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    PO BOX 64529
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