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East Street Library

There will be no public PC’s available at East Street Library from 22 June until 16 July, and also some reduction in access to study space and book stock. We apologise for the inconvenience. This space will enable the builders to finish their refurbishment works

The work will include:

  • an extension that will provide  a new meeting room / activities space for the library
  • disabled access toilet
  • improved study spaces
  • a new look children’s space
  • improvements to the outside of the library

We aim to keep the library open throughout these works.  As the work progresses you may notice a temporary reduction in services that we are able to offer and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Your nearest alternative library is Newington Temporary Library. Books borrowed from East Street Library can be returned to any Southwark Library.

East Street Library
East Street Library


168 - 170 Old Kent Road

How to get there

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  

A taste of latin america on the Old Kent Road

We invite you to come and try East Street Library's Spanish language collection. Situated on the corner of Old Kent Road and East Street, this friendly local library is only a few minutes from 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 whether you live or work in Southwark - anyone can join our libraries and borrow items from the collection! 

All 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

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, speakers of other languages can practice their English language skills - every Saturday, 1pm to 2pm

What else is on offer


  • wheelchair access to the library
  • no toilet
  • no dedicated parking
  • computers offer Dolphin Supernova software (allows screen magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)

Page last updated: 22 June 2018