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Thornton Heath Library

Contact details

Telephone: 020 3700 1023
Address: 190 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JB

Thornton Heath LibraryOpening hours

  • Monday: 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
  • ThursdayClosed
  • Friday: 9:30am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • SundayClosed

Check full accessibility details on the DisabledGo website.Accessibility

Check full accessibility details on the DisabledGo website.


  • books, audio books and DVDs for reference and loan
  • children's library
  • teen library for young people aged 11-19
  • enquiry service
  • WiFi internet accessWiFi internet access
  • free use of PCs including internet access
  • colour photocopier
  • books in community languages
  • newspapers
  • community information
  • reading and writing groups (see below)
  • homework help club (see below)
  • 4 study spaces (Access to quiet study space in branch libraries is subject to availability and may be affected by events taking place in the library at the time. Please contact the library for details.)


A full list of library events can be found in our Events Calendar

Children's events

We run the following free weekly drop-in events for young children:

  • Wiggle and Jiggle: Tuesdays 10am -10.30am (toddlers)
  • Rhymetime: Saturdays 10am -10.30am (babies)
  • Storytime: Fridays 10am -10.30am (under 5s)
  • Scribblers stories and crafts: Wednesdays 4pm -5pm (ages 5 to 10, term-time only)

Further library events can be found in our events calendar. You can also see events for children and adults that are taking place in the community.

Reading and writing groups

  • Crime reading group (adults): one Saturday each month 2:30pm -3:30pm
  • Black interest reading group (adults): one Saturday each month 11am-noon
  • Creative writing group (adults): one Friday each month 5.30pm -6.30pm
  • Young Writers' Group (ages 10-16): fortnightly on a Monday 4.30pm -5.30pm

Please contact the library for further information.

Other activites for adults

  • Older people's club: fortnightly on a Friday 11am-1pm.  Drop-in
  • Knit and knatter: fortnightly on a Friday 11am-noon.  Drop-in
  • IT taster sessions: weekly on Fridays 3pm-4pm and Saturdays 10am-11am, 11am-noon. Advance booking essential; please contact the library to book a session.

Reading Activists

Are you aged 11 to 19 years?  Looking for something fun, exciting and creative to do? Want to meet other young people and make a difference? Interested in putting on events for young people? Want to learn new skills and get some work experience? Want to meet writers, musicians, artists and other creative people?

Gain new skills and build confidence by becoming a Reading Activist in your local community. As a Reading Activist you will have the opportunity to:

  • Organise reading and writing groups
  • Work with librarians to hold creative reading and writing events
  • Gain new skills and accreditation for volunteering along the way
  • Meet lots of writers, artists and other creative people
  • Plan and attend sessions on Nail Art, Manga, Creative Writing and much more.

We meet on Mondays after school at 4.30pm for creative writing, book chats and art workshops, followed by an events planning session. For more information please contact Janice Hendry.

Homework help club

Our specially trained helpers offer young people aged 9 to 16 support with homework assignments. Students benefit from space to study, access to a wide selection of books, word processing and supervised internet access.

The club is free and young people can drop in as and when they please.

Operating hours

  • School term time: Tuesday and Friday 4pm - 6pm, Saturday 2pm -5 pm
  • Half-term and Easter holidays: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 2pm - 5pm
  • Summer and Christmas holidays: Closed.

Work Club

The Work Club is run by volunteers and is here to offer support with job search and help with typing CVs. Come and meet other people who are also looking for a job and share your own experiences and skills. To find out more, drop in on a Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon.

Food waste bags

The food waste bags are now priced at £5.99 for 100.

You can now buy these from all Croydon Libraries.

Green waste bags

You can now buy these from all Croydon Libraries. We sell them for £1 each.

Our display boards are available for use free of charge to advertise your club or society.