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Grove Vale Library

Grove Vale Library
Grove Vale Library

Address

18-22 Grove Vale
East Dulwich
London
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  

What is on offer

  • Browsing the library - Come into the library to browse books and other items you would like to borrow.
  • Ordering books, DVDs and CDs Search the catalogue and place reservations for collection.
  • Mystery book bags - Choose the genre or subject you want to read and see what you get, from children's stories, adult romance, mysteries and more.
  • Public PCs and wifi - You'll need your library card number to use a PC or the wifi.
  • Study spaces 
  • Events - Some Southwark Library events are taking place online while others are happening in-person in outside spaces. See What's On in the online listings or ask in the library.
  • eLibrary - Your library card gives you access to a wide range of online services including film streaming, eBooks and eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers and a wide range of eResources for topics from family history to citizenship and driving theory tests.
  • Home Library Service - If you're unable to access the library the Home Library Service may be able to assist you. Please contact us on 020 7525 7493 or email communitylibraryservice@southwark.gov.uk.

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access to the library
  • a disabled access toilet
  • computers offer Dolphin Supernova software (allows screen magnification and audio assistance for visually impaired)
History made in Dulwich by Lasma Liepina
History Made In Dulwich by Lasma Liepina

Public art at Grove Vale Library

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 It uses the historical reference, “967 Edgar the Peaceful granted Dilwihs to a thane” as a starting point.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 Archives 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: 11 October 2021

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