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Pen to Print in Barking and Dagenham Libraries

Pen to Print was founded by Barking and Dagenham Libraries in 2014. Our programme continues to be delivered in library locations and our office is based in Dagenham Library. We thought you would like to know a bit more about the wider services you can find in our locations.

Although there are restricted opening hours beacuse of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are plenty of resources that you can still access online.

For the latest information about Libraries in Barking and Dagenham please visit: www.lbbd.gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

COVID-19 Update 12 April 2021:

Re-opening your library safely during COVID-19 from 12 April 2021

Face coverings

To help keep everyone safe, face coverings are to be worn inside the libraries at all times (unless exemption applies). Stay home if:

  • you are feeling unwell
  • you have a family member at home who is unwell

We need to make sure you and our staff are safe. We have been working to make the buildings COVID-19 secure in line with government guidelines. The following libraries will be open for order and collection.

Library Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Barking Learning Centre 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm
Dagenham 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm
Marks Gate Closed 10am to 4pm 10am to 4pm 10am to 4pm Closed
Thames View Closed Closed 10am to 4pm Closed 10am to 4pm
Valence 10am to 4pm Closed Closed 10am to 4pm Closed
Robert Jeyes Community Library Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed

 

Changes to the Library Service

If you’re not a member of the library, you can join the library online.

Book loans – order and collect

You can request items for loan via our collection service. You can ask for specific titles or types of books, with our online order form by contacting libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 0208 724 8725 / 020 8227 3942. You can also reserve online using the library catalogue. We will contact you to let you know when you can collect your items

Book return

Book returns will be available during library opening hours. Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are available for loan again.

Fines

There will be no fines for overdue books until after 17 May 2021. This will be reviewed after that date so please check this page for updates.

Building access

There will be an Order and Collect service to borrow library items and a limited number of people in the buildings at any one time.

Study space

Pre-booked study space for 2 hours only only as there are limited spaces at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library.

Study space time slots are:

  • 10am to 12pm noon
  • 12pm noon to 2pm
  • 2pm to 4pm

You will need a library card to book. Contact libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8724 8725 / 020 8227 3942.

 

These services will not be available:

  • browsing the shelves
  • printed newspapers
  • PC access
  • public toilets
  • photocopying
  • events and regular programmes in the building
  • room hire
  • study space

PC access

Pre-booked 1 hour sessions only at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. To allow for cleaning of PC’s after each session. Priority will be given to residents without access to personal computers. Contact libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8724 8725 / 020 8227 3942 to book your session. You will need to join the library and you will need your library number and PIN to book. Children can use the computers but only if accompanied with an adult.

These library services are not available:

  • browsing the shelves
  • printed newspapers
  • public toilets
  • events and regular programmes in the building
  • room hire

Library members can access our Online Library Services and Resources 24/7 via mobile apps and online. If you need assistance with your library membership, please email libraries@lbbd.gov.uk. If you’re not a member of the library, you can join the library online.

If you are self-isolating and join the library online now you will be able to use the eBooks and audio books online with the temporary library number that is issued online.

In addition to the free online resources for Children and Young People libraries provide, they have collected links to additional free resources to help your child learn at home CLICK HERE to access.

Libraries on the Go

Take the library and its online resources with you via the web, or free Smartphone Apps:

The Libraries Consortium

We are a member of the The Libraries Consortium (TLC). By joining the library, you also have full membership rights to libraries in these local authorities (subject to terms in each local authority). The information you supply will also be shared with the 17 other authorities in the TLC for the provision of library services.

Local Libraries in Barking and Dagenham

If you’re not sure where your local library is, simply type your postcode into find your nearest library in Barking and Dagenham to see what’s in your area.

Our libraries offer a range of other activities are open to all, at the moment we are hosting these activities online.

See our library events

The Home Library Service

Barking and Dagenham libraries can deliver collections of books, audio books or music to anyone who is home-restricted because of age or disability (long or short term).

We visit you to find out what kind of books and music you enjoy and what format of books you prefer.

This can be:

  • audio books
  • large print
  • paperback books
  • hardback books

All the services are free to the user.

The collections are delivered monthly and requests are taken for particular titles or subjects.

Care Homes and Sheltered Housing

We also provide collections of books to care homes and sheltered housing in the borough.

These collections are changed on a regular basis.

Sign-up for the Service

You can find out more about this service at any local library or by calling 020 8724 8532 or emailing specialistservices@lbbd.gov.uk.

Children's and Young People's Library Services

National Shelf Service
A YouTube broadcast running Monday to Friday at 11am each day, helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences with books recommended by librarians.

Local libraries in the borough have a wide range of books and materials for children of all ages, including:

There are activities and events for all ages held regularly, including during the school holidays.

Children of all ages are welcome to join a library. If you’re aged 15 and under, a parent or guardian’s signature is required. Proof of ID and address of guarantors are also required.

To find about more of the services for Children and Young People CLICK HERE

Library Volunteers

Volunteers are essential in helping to provide an important service for the community. They bring new skills, experience and enthusiasm to enhance the Library Service and Pen to Print. Not only will you be helping your community, you’ll also find it rewarding and a great way to meet people, develop and learn new skills.

Opportunities

  • helping Pen to Print develop services and run events and classes
  • helping at library events and activities
  • helping a child with their reading
  • helping an older person to use a computer

 

Benefits

  • you’ll meet new people and could gain new skills
  • we provide support and any training necessary for your role

 

CLICK HERE to find out how you can volunteer for Pen to Print and Libraries