Pen To Print

Barking and Dagenham Libraries

Pen to Print in Barking and Dagenham Libraries

Pen to Print was founded by Barking and Dagenham Libraies 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 all of the locations are currently closed 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:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Following the guidance from the government, all of the libraries in the borough have closed – Barking Learning Centre, Dagenham Library, Marks Gate Library, Robert Jeyes Community Library, Thames View Library and Valence Library.

There will be no overdue charges from 19 March 2020 to 31 August 2020 and all loans due after 19 March 2020 have been automatically extended to 1 September 2020. If you have an item waiting for you at a library, the pickup date has been extended to 14 September 2020. All dates will be kept under review.

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 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 LLC 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.

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

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.


  • 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



  • 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