Archived on 6/5/2022

Forest Hill library ‘open’

12 Sep '20

Writing this whilst doing my library shift today just to make more people aware the library is open again in limited format. It is currently a bit quiet :slight_smile:

The full building isnt open for browsing or computer use unfortunately however still able to return books and collect books reserved. The library catalogue can be searched online and reservations made. Google lewisham libraries and follow link to catalogue. Reservations currently free for adults & children. Once the book is available (it may be travelling from a library in North London and taking a bit longer as has to quarantine along the way) you will receive a call or email to come and collect it. If you don’t know what specific book you want to read then pop in to collect a lucky dip. We have several categories.
Remember we also have lots of non fiction books if bored of cooking the usual or read biography about someone interesting. Also have travel books but perhaps less useful right now…

At the moment opening hours are
Tuesday 10-14.00
Thurs 15-19.00
Sat 10-14.00

Hopefully hours and services will expand. Access currently only via children’s library/accessible entrance on Thorpewood.

12 Sep '20

Must say I love the idea of a mystery book. And thanks to you, and all the other volunteers, for helping keep the library open!

28 Apr '21

Just to make everyone aware the library has opened up again in the manner described in the first post. Same opening hours. Everyone must have exhausted their bookshelves after 3 lockdowns, parents of toddlers definitely seem to be our happiest customers right now. Crime lucky dips also proving popular.

The intention is to open the library further so people can choose their own books again, use computers etc which is frequently being requested, once restrictions ease further as well and extend hours again but don’t want to make any promises.
Not involved in managing the library in anyway, just regular volunteer and we are always in need of more to keep it open so if new working style allows for more time as not commuting then I can recommend it :grinning:

29 Apr '21

Any idea if there’s any fines for books that couldn’t be returned due to the lockdown?

29 Apr '21

There shouldn’t be for any time when closed, that would just be unfair. Believe all were extended centrally on the system.