Canada water library

Canada Water Library

More than a landmark in Rotherhithe, Canada Water Library has become the culture hub in SE16 being one of the busiest libraries across London. The building offers unique views of the dock plus a wide range of activities for adults and children.


  • Free to join
  • Books, films, music and games to borrow
  • Cultural offers: Theatre, music and dance
  • Free WiFi and PC hire
  • Book groups and author talks
  • Children’s activities
  • Meeting room available to hire
  • Café
  • Fully accessible

Opening times

Ground floor lobby

  • Monday 8am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 8am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 8am to 8pm
  • Thursday 8am to 8pm
  • Friday 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Main library

  • Monday 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday 9am to 8pm
  • Friday 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Children: weekly and monthly activities

  • Bookstart session for under sixes, every Monday 10am to 11.30am, during term time only
  • Board games club, every Monday 4.30pm to 5.30pm, for 6 years and over
  • Baby Rhyme Time, every Tuesday, 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Picture This is a fun club for children who love to draw, alternate Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, for 8 years and over.
  • Colour Me Happy, a fun relaxing way for the family to end the week with colouring sheets. Children over 4 and parents and carers. Every Friday 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
  • Baby and Toddler session for under fives, every Thursday 11am to 11.45am
  • Chatterbooks, First Thursday of every month, 4pm to 5pm. Age 8 to 12.
  • Bookbusters, Listen to stories read aloud and take part in activities to match. Every Saturday, 2pm to 3pm. For age 4 and over.

Adults: weekly and monthly activities

Special one-off author talks and events: please email Nuala Graham to join the mailing list

  • Feel better with a book, every Monday 10am to 12pm
  • Creative writing group, alternate Mondays, 1pm to 3pm
  • “English +” for speakers of others languages to improve their English language skills. Every Thursday, 12pm to 1pm
  • Daytime adult book group, fourth Thursday of every month, 2pm to 3pm. Please contact Benedict Spencer for more information
  • Evening adult book group, second Thursday of every month, 6.45pm to 8pm. Please email Nuala Graham for more details
  Click here for free computer classes and learninga activities in libraries


What else is on offer

  • Books, talking books, DVDs, Blu-ray films, CDs, PS3 and Wii games to borrow
  • 41 study spaces for adults on the gallery floor
  • Photocopying
  • Free internet access – 33 PCs available for public use
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • Culture Cafe


Fully accessible:
Disabled parking
WCs on ground floor and first floor, including disabled WCs and adult and baby change

Canada Water Culture Space

Canada Water Culture Space Logo


As part of an innovative partnership with Southwark Council, the 150-seat Culture Space is managed and programmed by the Albany, South East London’s leading performing arts venue. Theatre, music, comedy and dance form the core programme with plays for adults and families.



  Visit Canada Water Culture Space website


Canada Water Library

21, Surrey Quays Road
SE16 7AR
020 7252 2000

Tube: Canada Water, Surrey Quays
Train: South Bermondsey
Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

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