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Canada Water Library

Canada Water Library
Canada Water Library


21 Surrey Quays Road
SE16 7AR

How to get there

Tube: Canada Water, Surrey Quays
Train: South Bermondsey
Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

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Opening times

  • Monday 8am* to 8pm
  • Tuesday 8am* to 8pm
  • Wednesday 8am* to 8pm
  • Thursday 8am* to 8pm
  • Friday 8am* to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12noon to 4pm

* The ground floor opens from 8am (Monday to Friday) for access to the café, computers, wifi, printing and photocopying, collecting reservations, returning or renewing books, and browsing or borrowing a limited selection of books. The rest of the library opens fully from 9am.

Regular activities:

For children and young people:

  • Bookstart (ages 0 to 4) - every Monday during term time, 10am to 11.30am
  • Chatterbooks (ages 7 to 11) - last Monday of every month during term time, 4pm to 5pm.
  • Rhymetime (ages 0 to 4) - every Tuesday during term time, 2.15pm to 2.45pm
  • Picture This (ages 8+) - alternate Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Baby and Toddler session (ages 0 to 4) - every Thursday, 11am to 11.45am
  • Colour Me Happy (ages 5+) - every Friday during term time, 4pm to 5pm
  • Saturday Craft Club (ages 5+) - every Saturday, 2.15pm to 3.45pm.

For adults:

  • Book group (in person) - second Thursday of every month, 6.45pm to 8pm
    Contact Wes White for more information
  • Book group (online) - third Thursday of every month, 6.45pm to 8pm
    Contact Wes White for more information
  • Getting started with computers, email and the internet - bookable one-to-one sessions at various times from Monday to Saturday. Contact Wes White or ask in the library to book.

What else is on offer

  • Books, talking books and DVDs to borrow Search the catalogue and place reservations for collection
  • eLibrary - including eBooks and eAudiobooks, film streaming and online resources for topics from family history, to citizenship and driving theory tests
  • Newspapers and magazines to read in the library or online
  • Borrow a tablet for use in the library
  • Study spaces - 41 spaces available for adults
  • Public PCs and wifi - 33 PCs available for public use. You'll need your library card number to access these
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • Canada Water Theatre for theatre, music, comedy and dance
  • Events - for special events see the online What's On diary or ask in the library
  • Home Library Service - for those unable to access the library in person
  • Health Station Kiosk - free self-service health-check kiosk. Check your height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, heart rate and body composition.


  • flat access to the library
  • disabled parking
  • lift access to all floors
  • toilets on ground floor and first floor, including disabled access toilets, adult and baby change
  • computers offer access to Dolphin Supernova software (allows screen magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)
Link to detailed accessibility information about this building

Page last updated: 30 May 2023

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