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East Street Library

Traditional Bolivian dancers at East Street library

168-170 Old Kent Road
London
SE1 5TY
Tel: 020 7525 2000
Fax: 020 7703 2224

How to get to the library

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

The following link opens in a new windowMap of library

Christmas and New Year opening times for libraries

Please visit our news pages for all the details of our opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. 

East Street Library returns to its original opening hours 

From Monday 29 September 2014 East Street Library will be returning to its normal opening hours to coincide with the launch of the Newington Temporary Library at the Elephant Artworks.

East Street Library opening hours:

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


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.

What else is on offer

  • 10 adult study spaces available
  • Baby and toddler sessions run every Thursday 10.30am to 12pm. No sessions over the summer break
  • Stories and Crafts every fortnight Saturdays 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Homework Help children's pop in in for help with homework, every Monday, 4pm to 6pm  
  • Conversation cafe every Tuesday 4pm to 5pm. A free, friendly and informal ESOL group, meeting every week to help improve English language skills. For adults - no need to book
  • Feel Better with a Book is a new group that gives you a place to relax, a chance to make friends and a fresh way to share reading. Every Tuesday 2pm to 3.30pm.
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Free internet access and word processing facilities. You may need to book in advance
  • Collection of the latest films on DVD
  • Free computer classes and learning in libraries

Access for people with disabilities

There is wheelchair access to the library but no dedicated parking. There are no toilets. There is an induction loop at the counter.

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