Lambeth Libraries Events for March 2023

Hew Locke cropped

Internationally renowned sculptor Hew Locke visits Brixton Library on 15th March

We have another packed programme for March at Lambeth Libraries. Check out some of the events below or visit your local library, there's more going on at each branch.

Love Dominoes..


Starting in March, the Brixton Immortals Domino Club will be touring Lambeth Libraries giving you an opportunity to learn how to play dominoes and the skills you need to win. This is a great way to get children engaging in maths and probability while having fun – and a good social game for adults too. The international and national champions, the Immortals, will be at Tate South Lambeth Library on Saturday 18th March 2pm to 4pm. Come along for a fun afternoon.

Library building works

We are working to improve the libraries buildings and opening up any spaces that could be are underused. The planning applications for Streatham and Brixton can be found at the Lambeth Planning website.

Join a Reading Group

This month we are focusing on our Reading Groups. Our library staff run fourteen reading groups each month and we also support lots of independent reading groups. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to read more this is a good place to start. To find out about groups we run, setting up your own group and the book collections that you can borrow have a look at our Reading Group blog.

Library Events

Experience VR with StoryTrails


Fridays in March from 10 March,
4pm to 5pm

Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Virtual Reality (VR) is where the user is engaged within an entirely digitally created world. Using StoryTrails VR you can see what 50 years into the future might look like, dive into the world of 1980s punk music, explore imagined worlds and stories. All just by putting on a headset - why not have a go!

Mrs Meredith and the Convict Laundries of South London

Mrs Meredith and the Convict Laundries of South London

Tuesday, 14 March, 7pm 
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Naomi Clifford for her presentation about the 19th-century societies for the aid of discharged prisoners - and in particular the extraordinary work of Susanna Meredith with women in Vauxhall. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Hew Locke – The Creative Process

Hew Locke – The Creative Process

Wednesday 15 March, 7pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join renowned sculptor Hew Locke to discuss his creative practice at Brixton Library. From living and working in a squat studio in Jeffries Road in Stockwell, he is now a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has exhibited internationally in Europe, the Americas, China and India. In 2022 his work ‘The Procession’ was commissioned and shown at Tate Britain.

Codename Madeleine with Barnaby Jameson

Barnaby Jameson

Monday, 20 March, 7pm
Durning Library, SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Lawyer and local resident Barnaby Jameson presents his new novel, inspired by the life of an extraordinary wartime agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Noor Inayat Khan was daughter of a Sufi mystic, and before she fought the Nazis in France she was a writer of children's stories. Free event organised by the Friends of Durning Library. Refreshments (cash donation £3 suggested).

Windward Family: An atlas of love, loss and belonging with Alexis Keir

Windward Family

Tuesday 21 March, 6.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Alex Keir to discuss his new book, Windward Family, which takes us inside the beating heart of a Black British family, showing us how we become who we are, and how the search for ourselves always leads us to the same place – home.

Art Exhibition

South London Women Artists: Female Icons

South London Women Artists

Showing 3 to 27 March
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Curated by Michelle Baharier and Jo Cooper, Female Icons is an exhibition exploring pioneers who have stood up for the rights and freedom of all women

Female Icons Exhibition Launch

Thursday 9 March, 6pm to 8pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ.

Discussion and introduction by artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer and live music from The Deptford Wives

Deptford wives

From our Friends

Brixton Bookjam

Brixton Bookjam

Monday 6 March, 8pm
Hootananny Pub. 95 Effra Road. 

BookJam Brixton
is back at our regular venue the Hootananny in Brixton.

We’ll be putting on an Imbolc special, hosted by Mik Artistik. Themed around diaspora and the Irish literary tradition, we’ll be hearing from Eamon Somers, Deirdre Shanahan, Tony White, Dennis the Poet, Badzelda, Rose Servitova and others. 

Black Culture Market

Black Culture Market

Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March, 11am to 5pm
Downstairs at The Department Store
248 Ferndale Road. SW9 8FR

Join Black Culture Market for their exciting Spring event. Black Culture Market is the destination to support and shop from Black-owned businesses in Brixton. Explore the wonderful stalls on the weekend whilst catching up with friends.

This is a free event, please register here 

Britain's Racist History

David Denny

Reparations campaigner David Denny (Picture: David Denny on Twitter)

Tuesday 14 March, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Speakers include: David Denny, leading activist from Barbados reparations campaign, Jefferson Bosela, Chris Kaba family spokesperson, Sonia Winifred, Lambeth CouncillorBell Ribeiro-Addy, Streatham MP, Care4Calais representative and Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism. Hosted by Stand Up To Racism. All welcome.

Sensory Sundays

Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth Branch)

Sunday, 19 March, 1pm to 4pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth Branch) at West Norwood Library for an afternoon of sensory fun. Meet other parents and carers of children with ASD in the Lambeth area.

Lambeth - Have your say on All-Age Autism Strategy

Other Library Activities

Love Your Mind Campaign Workshop

Love your mind

Wednesday 1 March, 12.30pm to 3pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking email:

Raising awareness of mental health and how to help. For residents, frontline staff,
volunteers and local businesses.

Classic Film Matinees

Film club

Tuesdays, 7 and 21 March, 1pm
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

The South Lambeth Library fortnightly film club is back with free screenings on Tuesdays at 1pm. Refreshments £1. For more information contact

Be the difference: Fostering in Lambeth

Fostering Lambeth

Thursday 9 March, 10am to 2pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Could you foster? Children in our
community are in need of stable, loving homes to achieve their best future and fulfil their potential. Drop in to see us at Brixton Library. There are many different types of foster care, and we’re sure there’s one that works for you.

Knitting and Craft Groups

Craft Fridays

Knit and Stitch - Every Tuesday,  Clapham Library, SW4 7DB. 2pm to 4pm.
Make knitted, sown or crochet traditional and modern projects. All levels welcome.

Knit-Wits - Every Wednesday,
10am to 12pm.
West Norwood Library, 
SE27 9JX
Knit, crochet, sew and chat over a cup of tea. Wool and needles provided or bring your own.

Cosy Craft Fridays - Fridays 3 March and 17 March, 2pm

Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Explore and learn crafts old and new in a welcoming atmosphere every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month.

Chat and Games groups

games and chat

Bridge Club - Every Monday, 2.15pm to 5.15pm. Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Bridge for all levels. All welcome

Generation Silent Bloomer X group - Every Tuesday, Clapham Library, SW4 7DB. 2pm to 4pm.
This group is for those with some spare time to share stories, hints and tips, discuss current affairs, sip some tea or just have an chat and a laugh.

Third Age Club - Last Friday of the month, 10.30am to 12pm.
West Norwood Library, 
SE27 9JX
Come along and meet up with local people and share interests over a cuppa.

Events for Children and Young People

World Book Day

World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day with Lambeth Libraries on Thursday 2 March!

Brixton Library, 10am Storytime for under 5s -  Dress up as your favourite book character.
3.30pm to 4.30pm - Craft activities for children of all ages (dress up too)

Carnegie Library, 4 to 5pm,  - join Rita in Making your very own book with all your favourite book characters 

Tate South Lambeth Library, 4 to 5pm,  - Hat Potato Men!

Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare week

Join in some exciting challenges for children between 20 to 26 March

Make your own Shakespearian Book
Tuesday 21 March, 4pm to 5.30pm, Clapham Library. Ages 5 plus

Join a Library Club in 2023!


Why not join a club at your local library this year - just drop into the library to ask.

Chatterbooks Clubs

Love books and reading? Then this is for you! Monthly themes, quizzes, meet friends… a great reading club for 7 to 11 year-olds.

West Norwood Library - Every Wednesday from 1 March, 4pm to 5pm
Brixton Library
- First Monday of each month from 6 March, 4pm to 5pm
Waterloo Library
 - Second Wednesday of each month from 8 March,4.30pm to 5.30pm
Carnegie Library - Last Monday of the month from 27 March, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Homework Clubs

Lambeth Libraries host Homework club. Free homework help, free internet access and books:

Clapham Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
South Lambeth Library: Fridays 4pm to 5pm
Streatham Library: Mondays 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Upper Norwood Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
Waterloo Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
West Norwood Library: Mondays 4pm to 5pm

Chess Club

Chess club for all abilities

South Lambeth Library
- Every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm
West Norwood LibraryEvery Saturday, 12pm to 4pm 
Carnegie Library - Every Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm

Saturday Link-up

A dedicated meeting spot for 11 to 16 year olds to meet up, play games and to debate.
Clapham Library - Every Saturday, 2pm to 4pm.

LGBTQ+ interest books for kids

Zoey Dixon

If you missed the chance to see Lambeth Libraries' Zoey Dixon talking with Liz Chapman about some of the great new LGBTQ+ books available for kids in February, you can still catch it Online on YouTube.

Vote for your Favourite Children's Book

The National Children's Book Award

We'd love Lambeth Children to share their love of reading and to vote for their favourite book in The National Children's Book Award. Simply pop into Brixton Library, borrow a book from shortlisted the book collection and vote.

You can read as many books as you like!

Closing date for entries 15 April 2023

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!

Archives move

Lambeth Archives: update on relocation to Brixton

On 31 December Lambeth Archives said farewell to delivering a service to the public from the Minet Library site where it has been for the last 133 years. It is only a temporary closure while the Archives moves home to its new premises on Brixton Hill. Even though the Archives is now closed, the staff will continue to provide a basic enquiry service as well as supporting access to those parts of the collection which are available online. More information on this can be found at the Council website

Census 1921 - For those of you interested in researching family history there are some great resources in your local library including access to, and through FindMyPast, the 1921 Census. 

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.  

Lambeth Libraries