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Canada Water Library

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Canada Water Library offers:

-41 quiet study spaces for adults on the gallery floor
-Free internet and Wi-Fi
-48 PCs available for public use
-Books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray films, PS3 and Wii games to borrow
-Meeting rooms for hire
-Culture cafe
-Theatre, music, comedy and dance in the Culture Space

Adult events, groups and classes are all free!

-Author talks and events: please email Nuala Graham to join the mailing list:

-Conversation cafe: English for speakers of other languages - a friendly drop-in session every Thursday, 11.45am to 12.45pm

-Daytime adult book group, fourth Thursday of every month, 2pm to 3pm. This group is dedicated to a whole range of books, from mysteries to Booker Prize winners there should be something to suit your taste! Collect this month's book from reception and join us for a light hearted and friendly discussion. Fell free to bring along some refreshments.

-Evening adult book group, second Thursday of every month, 6.45pm to 8pm. Our lively, informal group like to discuss a wide range of literary fiction. It's all about trying new things out and hopefully discovering new favourites. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. Collect this month's book from reception. Please feel free to bring along some refreshments.

-Reading Group run by The Reader Organisation, every Monday 10am-12pm. You don't have to read anything in advance as everything is read aloud each week. Simply drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a good story or poem; there's no pressure to talk, to read, or even to drink tea!

-Creative writing group, alternate Mondays, 1pm to 3pm. Led by writer and storyteller Sandra Agard, this group offers support and inspiration for anyone interested in writing - be it a novel, short stories or poetry. All welcome.

-Free computer classes and learning in libraries, every week, Monday to Sunday including Silver Surfers on Fridays 11am - 12pm. Booking is required for the computer classes.

-Adult taster sessions, Third Thursday of every month, 6pm to 7pm.Try your hand at a different skill every month. To keep up to date with what's on offer please join our mailing list - contact Richard for more details :

Opening times:

Ground floor lobby: for cafe, internet, book returns and quick choice selections:

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 10am to 4pm

Main library:

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


It's completely free to join any of our 12 public libraries. Anyone can join - you don't even have to live in Southwark!

Simply complete the online library membership application here
Download an application form or pick one up from your local library. 

If you are registered disabled, please let us know at the point of joining as you are entitled to a range of concessions.

Your membership card can be used in all of Southwark's libraries so there's no need to join each one separately. Once you've joined you'll be able to borrow up to 15 items at a time.

21 Surrey Quays Road , London , SE16 7AR
Umbrella org:
London Borough of Southwark
020 7525 2000
Opening times:
Please see description.
Disabled access:
Fully accessible: Disabled parking and Lifts
1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12
Canada Water, Surrey Quays