Lambeth Libraries Events December - update and correction

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Our apologies for a second edition but, as there are a few further updates and a couple of corrections that were needed, we decided to re-issue - We would still like to wish all of our readers a very happy festive season and hope that you stock up on great reading! 

Holiday opening times

Over the Christmas period our libraries will be closed for a short time. For full details you can see our Christmas opening times on the Library websiteWe will be open as normal up until 1pm on Saturday, 24 December, re-opening on Wednesday 28 December.

Then for the New Year we will close on Saturday, 31 December at 1pm resuming normal library times on Tuesday, 3 January.

A few variations to this are that: Upper Norwood Library will additionally be closed on Friday 30 December for an event, Streatham Library will stay open until 5pm on Saturday, 31 December, and Waterloo Library will be closed from 24 December 2022 to 2 January 2023 inclusive. Please do contact your local library for any specific enquiries.

Durning Library reopens Tuesday, 14 December

Durning Library is having a disabled-access lift installed at the front of the building and its boiler is being replaced. The closure is taking a few days longer than originally planned to allow more time to be spent on the heritage features of this beautiful library, which include rehanging the door and re-laying the original tiles.

Archives closes to get ready to move to its new site in 2023

On Saturday, 31 December, we say a fond farewell to Lambeth Archives being delivered from the Minet building, where it has been for 133 years. We are very excited to be moving to a brand new home in the heart of Brixton. The new building has a much larger research room where you can explore the history of Lambeth and our communities.

The strongrooms, that will hold the original documents dating back to the thirteenth century, have been built to international storage standards. Over the next six months the archivists and volunteers will be busy wrapping and boxing all items to keep them safe for the journey and checking humidity levels ready for the move.

The Archives will reopen in its new home in the summer of 2023. We know that such a long closure, which is necessary for moving these unique documents may disappoint many of you, so to help you while away, until we reopen we have arranged a subscription to The British Newspaper Archive, which has newspapers dating from the 1700s and also Findmypast Worldwide with access to the 1921 census. These will be available in every Lambeth Library.

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Of course you need never be far away from a good read, if you aren't able to get to your local library physically, you can always use your library card to access books and so much more online.

Library Events

Womanzvue: Little River with Velma McClymont

Little River 2

Tuesday, 6 December, 5.30pm 
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Email:

Join Dr Velma McClymont to discuss her novel Little River - the story of Scotland and Jamaica.

Mini Xmas Bazaar

Mini Xmas Bazaar Health logos

Saturday, 10 December, 10.30am to 12pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

A creative and participatory showcase  ending the 'Our Story' project funded by Project Smith/ NHS and SLaM South London Listens. Join the Friends of Brixton Library for a crafty bazaar!  For more information contact Friends of Brixton Library

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Open Mic

Saturday, 10 December, 1pm to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

The mic will be open to all ages. Register to perform by email:

First 19 booked will perform 1-3 poems each. As children will be present, please keep the language PG

Mark Hill takes Five

Mark Hill

Monday, 12 December, 7pm
Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, SE11 6DN
Booking via Eventbrite

Mark Hill, Antiques Roadshow expert, tells the story of five interesting objects and why they intrigue him do!

Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library

Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain's Secret Gay Language


Tuesday, 13 December, 7pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite

Professor Paul Baker tells the story of British LGBTQ+ history through the lens of Polari as well as reflecting on the ups and downs of researching this fascinating form of language over the last 25 years.

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

NU9 Empire Network - London Diaspora Pop Up Show & Networking

NU9 Empire Network

Friday, 16 December, 10am to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Celebrating Black Excellence. Nubian businesses, professionals and creatives. 

Book a Stall space and Participate as a Speaker email or contact 07920780285 to get an Application form.

Would you like a TV Advertisement, Customer Testimonial Videos or Promotion video for your business or personal profile. We have Filmmaking - Videography team to turn your ideas to a reality. Join us at Brixton Library

A Christmas show


Friday, 16 December, 7pm
Tate South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP
Booking via Eventbrite

Present is a new play by Salem Bonar, a young up-and-coming writer and actor. 
Here’s the story - Mary is the ghost of Christmas past who has a bone to pick with today’s lost traditions of Christmas. She finds two spoilt girls who are too focused on Instagram and selfies, and tuning out of spending time together as a family. In the end it turns out Mary has a secret of her own she wishes to unwrap! Production Backed by Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library and Art for Space.

Christmas Craft Market


Saturday, 17 December, 10am to 4pm
Tate South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP

You are invited to South Lambeth library Christmas fair. For more information contact Tedros on

Art Exhibition

Painting, Community, History BA Hons Fine Art: Painting Group Show

Pile of Nostalgia, Annabel Knock, 2022

Thursday, 8 December to Tuesday 3 January 2023
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
On show during Library opening hours

Students from BA Hons Fine Art: Painting at Camberwell College of Arts worked towards this exhibition with poets exploring the relationship between painting and poetry, word and image.

Poets Leo Boix, Lola Oh, Chole Filani and Lewis Buxton shared examples of their work as well their creative methods. Students have produced paintings that reveal their personal responses and reflections on these themes, including subjects of identity; home; belonging; unbelonging; family; the body; community; history and personal history; cultural heritage; storytelling.

An accompanying publication includes the poems and ideas that have inspired their art.

Join the Artists to launch the exhibition on Thursday 8 December, 6pm

@paintersandpoets @camberwellual @itstheedit

From Our Friends

[Extra]Ordinary Portraits Competition

Portrait of Rosie Heilbrun, survivor of the Holocaust, by Gideon Summerfield

Portrait of Rosie Heilbrun, survivor of the Holocaust, by Gideon Summerfield

Deadline Monday 5 December 
Full details are available at the Holocaust memorial Day website

[Extra]Ordinary Portraits invites young people across the UK to learn about someone affected by the Holocaust, genocide or identity-based persecution and create a portrait of them which reveals the ‘extraordinary elements of seemingly ordinary people’.It is open to anyone in the UK aged 25 and under.

Future Worlds Prize

Future Worlds Prize

Future Worlds Prize 2023 is now open for entries!
Full details are available at the Future Worlds Prize webpage

We're looking for unpublished SFF writers of colour for this year's Future Worlds Prize. From magical stories to tales set in space, dystopias and fantasy realms, whatever kind of SFF you're writing, we want to read it!

Transforming Legacies

Transforming Legacies

Showing throughout December
Black Cultural Archives, SW2 1EF

An exhibition showcasing a broad selection of some of the most interesting artists within Black British talent, who are commenting on life at present and the potential future(s).

Produced by Managing Director Lisa Anderson and Curated by Pacheanne Anderson.

Events for Children and Young People

Winter Mini Challenge

Winter Mini Challenge

Join in the Winter Mini Challenge at Lambeth libraries! Visit your local library now to choose books to read over the winter months. The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards for reading and reviewing books. To take part in the Winter Mini Challenge, children simply read three or more books – between 1 December and 20 February and add them to their online profile at These can be any books of their choice. Every time they finish a book, they add it to their Challenge website profile and leave a short book review. Join in on the Winter Mini Challenge website now! 

Munch Brunch Story & Rhyme Time

Munch Brunch  Story & Rhyme Time

Friday, 2 and 9 December, 10am to 11.30am
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN

Are you being affected by the cost of living crisis? Do you have a child under 5? If yes then sign up for our Munch Brunch Story & Rhyme Time - a 5 week programme funded by Tideway’s Lambeth Community Fund. Each week parents will receive a free story & rhyme session, free brunch, free crafts, books and a recipe kit to take home to make a healthy evening meal.

We will also be running sessions from 16 January at South Lambeth Library on Mondays 10am to 11.30am
180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP

To book a place please contact
Angela on 07508 074921

Fancy learning to play dominoes with international champions?


Photo by Charl Folscher on Unsplash

Saturday, 10 December, 2 to 4pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX

Learn dominoes with the best! Learn the skills of playing dominoes with the famous Brixton Immortals Domino Club. Their dominoes club has won the Anglo-Caribbean Championship 3 years in a row, runners up in 2019. The championship has not been held for 3 years but we are rooting for this Lambeth club to win again in 2023. They compete nationally and internationally but have found some time to share their love of the game with you. All ages welcome.

Plus they have partnered with the local NHS network and you can have a health check at the same time.

Winter Wonderland English workshop

Winter wonderland

Saturday, 10 December, 2.30pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Saturday, 17 December, 2.30pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG

What do you think is better, chicken or turkey? Crackers or Christmas trees? And do you know what the difference is between facts and opinions? In this winter workshop, we'll be running a Christmas themed English lesson where we look at facts and opinions and their importance! Ages 9 to 11

Christmas Crafts

Xmas Crafts

Join us after school to decorate your own festive reindeer!

Monday, 12 December 4 to 5pm. 
Minet Library
, SE5 9QY

Tuesday, 13 December 4 to 5pm. 
Upper Norwood Library
, SE19 1TQ

Thursday, 15 December 4 to 5pm. Waterloo Library
, SE1 7QP

Friday, 16 December 4 to 5pm. Carnegie Library
, SE24 0DG



Second Wednesday of the month 4.30 to 5.30pm
Waterloo Library, SE1 7QP

Love books and reading? Then this is for you! Monthly themes, quizzes, meet friends... a great reading club for 5 to 11 year olds

Prefer to join online? Come and join Sandra and Angela with their festive fun Christmas quiz

Wednesday 14 December, 4pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite
8 Years plus

Chess Club

Carnegie Library Chess Club

Every Saturday 2pm to 4.30pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG

Beginner, intermediate or grandmaster - all levels and ages welcome. No need to book, just drop in and play.

Homework Club


Meet friends with free homework help.  A great space to study, access to a wide selection of books and internet access.

Thursdays 4 to 5pm. 
Upper Norwood Library, SE19 1TQ

Thursdays 4 to 5pm.
Waterloo Library
, SE1 7QP

Other Library Activities

Lambeth Libraries Clothes Swaps

Clothes swap December

Bring, take and swap clothes at our libraries in our December swaps! Bring good condition clothing items you no longer want, and swap for items you do want. Come and pick something up, help the environment, your community and your wallet!

Tuesday, 13 December, 11am to 6pm Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG

Thursday, 15 December, 11am to 7pm Upper Norwood Library, SE19 1TQ

Contact participating libraries for further details.

Living with Dementia

Living with Dementia

This weekly group meets at West Norwood Library. We aim to give older and younger people affected with dementia a chance to meet others similarly placed to share challenges and achievements and have the opportunity to try different activities in a friendly, creative space.

Our one-to-one support provides advice, guidance and signposting in a safe, welcoming space. Pop in for a chat!

Advice and Support West Norwood Library, Thursdays 10am to 12pm and
1pm to 3pm

Wellbeings West Norwood Library,  Mondays 11.30am to 1.30pm

Café Create West Norwood Library Tuesdays 11.30am to 1.30pm

The drop in support service is free, there is a suggested £2 contribution for the groups

For further information please phone Rita Seregelyi on 020 8318 9105 or email

Older People's Group

Older People's groupolder people

Fridays 10.30am to 12pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN

An ideal way for older people to get together for activities, a chat and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

If you would like further information, please contact Monica on
020 7926 6768.

Borrow an iPad from the library

Ipad loan

For those that need help with a device or data to help them with job searching, we are now running an iPad loan project aimed at people who do not currently have a device for job searching. If you would like to borrow an iPad, please contact the library to register. 

new mags Libby

Free e-book and e-audiobook, magazine and comic downloads

With your library card you can use our e-library for free, just go to When logging in use all letters in your library card number 'LMP'.

We've got thousands of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to download and they're all free. Get the Libby app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 


We now subscribe to BorrowBox and Libby App so you have more eBook and eAudiobook choices - all delivered directly to your device. Download the apps from your app store now and enjoy a feast of free listening!

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at and contact the library you wish to collect your library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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