Pen To Print

Barking and Dagenham Libraries

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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:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Re-opening your library safely during Covid-19  

From 1 September 2020

We want to welcome you back to your library and offer a service to you again, however 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 of library items.    

New Library Opening Times

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 
 *Opening hours for Robert Jeyes Community library to be confirmed with charity running the building 


Changes to the Library Service 

These are the services that will be available.  Except for book return they will need to be booked in advance and you will need to be a library member to do that.  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 CLICK HERE to access, by contacting or call 0208 724 8725. 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. 
  • 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 only as there are limited spaces at Barking Learning Centre. Contact or call 020 8724 8725. and Dagenham Library Contact or call 020 8227 3942.
  • PC Access – Pre-booked 1 hour sessions only at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. This includes time to allow for cleaning of PC’s after each session. Priority will be given to residents without access to personal computers. For Barking Learning Centre Contact or call 020 8724 8725  and Dagenham Library Contact or call 020 8227 3942
  • To book your session. You will need your library number and PIN to book. Printing available via card payment only 

These services will not be available for the moment: 

  • Browsing the shelves 
  • Printed newspapers 
  • PC access without pre-booking  
  • Public toilets 
  • Photocopying 
  • 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 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

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