Blackheath Library is a modern library offering a range of services. Joining the library is free and you can borrow up to 8 books for 3 weeks at no cost. Large print and audio books are also available. Newspaper and magazines are also available to read. The library has several computers free for public use and offers wi-fi throughout. DVDs are available for loan at additional cost.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
The library offers a good range of children’s books for all ages. It has comfortable chairs for sitting and reading a few (or many) stories to your little ones. I have found the library to be fairly quiet during the day so it can be a nice free activity to take young children to. It gets busier after school and at weekends but I have never seen it too crowded. My children have enjoyed choosing books from a young age and reading/being read to helps in many areas of development.
My experience of Rhyme Time has been positive – the children like the songs and a box of musical instruments is also offered. There is a mix of mums, grandmothers, childminders/nannies who attend however I see very few men. It is very casual and nobody seems to mind if you turn up late or leave early which is very helpful as anyone who has ever had a hungry/pooey baby or screaming toddler will know.
The toilet in the library often smells and is not particularly clean so although it does have a baby change I have chosen not to use it at times (the Standard Pub actually has a great spacious baby change which I prefer).
The amount of books for adults does not seem that big to me however you can order them to be transferred from other libraries for you (by Harriet Armstrong).
in the children’s book area there are 2 computers meant for children only and there is a little play house and you kitchen in the children’s area too. There’s self service machines too. Toilets are smelly but look clean. Wide variety of books for children considering its a small library, including banded phonics books (by Sammie Martin).
Address: Old Dover Road, Blackheath, SE3 7BT.
Cafe: No, but there is a nice one across the road.
Toilets: Yes, but see ‘MGF Says’, below.
Pram/wheelchair/mobility friendly: The modern library is on one level so is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
Parking: Small car park across the road, some street parking with meters, occasionally you will find a free space on the flyover bridge.
Train: Westcombe Park station.
DLR: Lewisham and then a bus.
Tube: North Greenwich and then a bus.
Buses: 53, 54, 108, 202, 286, 386, 422.
Phone: 020 8858 1131.
Email: Online form: www.better.org.uk/contact_forms/new.
Monday 10.00a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday 9.00a.m. to 5.30p.m.
Wednesday 9.00a.m. to 5.30p.m.
Thursday 9.00a.m. to 7.00p.m.
Friday 9.00a.m. to 5.30p.m.
Saturday 9.00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The library offers a reading group for adults – please check dates and times with the library.
Children’s activities offered:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.00p.m. to 2.30p.m. Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers.
Wednesdays 11.00a.m. to 12noon Messy Morning – craft activities for little ones.
Fridays 4.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Chatterbooks – a book club for children.
Saturdays 2.00pm to 2.30pm Story time.
Please check days and times with the library before travelling.
Review by: Harriet Armstrong and Sammie Martin.