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Grove Vale Library

You can find Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday opening hours (docx, 13kb) here
The new Grove Vale Library will be opening at 10am on Monday 17 December 2018

The old Library has now closed. In the interim your nearest Southwark Library is Dulwich Library.


18-22 Grove Vale
East Dulwich
SE22 8EF

How to get there

Bus: P13, 40, 176, 185, 484
Train: East Dulwich

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Opening times

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

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Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • ChatterBooks - firth Monday of every month, 4pm to 5pm (ages 7 to 11)
  • Baby and toddler sessions - every Monday, 2pm to 3pm (ages 0 to 4)
  • Computer games club - last Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm to 5.30pm (ages 10 to 16)
  • Homework Help club - every Thursday, 4pm to 6pm (ages 6 to 11)
  • Baby rhyme time - every Friday, 10.30am to 11am (ages 0 to 4)
  • Code Club - Saturdays (fortnightly), starting 12 January, 2pm to 3pm (ages 7 to 11)

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

What else is on offer


  • wheelchair access to the library
  • a disabled access toilet
  • computers offer Dolphin Supernova software (allows screen magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)

Public art at Grove Vale Library

Grove Vale Library Sharables

Local artist Lasma Liepina was commissioned to create the large-scale artwork, History Made In Dulwich to transform the entrance of the library.

The piece is inspired by the nature, history and architecture of the area told through an intricate illustrated timeline from the year 967, when East Dulwich was a dill meadow through to the present day.  It uses the historical reference, “967 Edgar the Peaceful granted Dilwihs to a thane” as a starting point.

Through research gathered at Southwark’s Local History Library and Archive and walks around the area, Lasma drew out elements of local history and architecture alongside everyday stories of people and places in the area.  Familiar buildings and infrastructure that have been part of everyday life in East Dulwich for centuries, such as St John's Church and its beautiful clock face, the railway, and city foxes are represented.  

Page last updated: 14 December 2018