Clapham Library

Situated in the Mary Seacole Centre at the heart of the High Street, Lambeth’s first self-service library offers books, DVDs, and language courses for loan, plus access to computers, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped meeting rooms and stunning performance space for hire.

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Facilities and services includes:

  • We have regular events and activities including story times for under 5’s, a monthly adult reading group and evening author events.
  • Books including spoken word audio and large print books, language courses, and books in community languages.
  • Library members also have access to a wide range of online materials including E Audio, E Books, magazines and online reference sources for adults and children.  Many of these can be accessed from home. 
  •  We also have a Changing Places wet room which is equipped with a powered ceiling hoist, Changing Places bench, Peninsula toilet and adjustable hand basin.  
  • Wi-Fi - Use your library card to connect to our free unlimited Wi-Fi.
  • Computers - free use of adult and children’s computers, with the latest Microsoft Office software.
  • Screen magnifier and screen reading software, plus Eye Pal Solo read aloud scanner for low vision and blind users. 
  • Printing, including Wi-fi printing from your own device.
  • Photocopying –affordable black and white and colour photocopying.
  • Study Space.
  • Book-a-Librarian - when you need extra 121 help and support with daily tasks e.g., freedom pass or passport applications, job search etc, we offer one hour 121 appointments with a member of staff to assist you. 
  • Daily newspapers and periodicals, plus children’s magazines. 
  • Baby changing facilities 
  • Book Start packs for gifting. 
  • Hygiene Bank-we accept donations of new and unused hygiene and personal care products that are redistributed to families and individuals living in hygiene poverty. 

Room hire charges per hour

Hire of library space per hour (*community rate per hour) Rate during opening hours Rate outside of library opening hours

Clapham Library: Phone 020 7926 0717

Clapham whole library N/A £270
Clapham performance space N/A £180
Clapaham meeting room 1, 2 or 4 £35 £50
Clapham meeting room 1 & 2 combined £60 £80
Clapham meeting room 3 or 5 £12 N/A
Equipments hire charges for on-site room bookings Per hire
Stage £30
Glasses 25p per glass
Tea / coffee £3 per person



Mary Seacole Centre
91 Clapham High Street



Lift access for the public use. There is a hearing assistance system at the enquiry desk and staff are trained to use the system.

For full access information, please go to the AccessAble website.

Opening times

Venue opening times
Monday 1pm - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sundays 1pm - 5pm
Bank Holidays Closed


Liz Buchanan
Job title:
Town / Neighbourhood Library Manager