Streatham Library

Streatham Library is a purpose-built GRADE 11 listed building opened in 1890 and is complete with an iconic clock tower. It is located at the central point of Streatham High Road which is often cited as the longest road in the UK and the longest high street in Europe at 1.8 miles in total. 

A picture of Streatham library

The rate of infection in Lambeth remains high so from 19 July we are keeping certain precautions in place to keep you, other library users and staff safe.

When using our services, please follow our Covid-19 guidance for visitors to council buildings, continue to wear a face mask and make an appointment.

This will help in keeping our community safe.

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  • Entrance via Pinfold Road, which provides full accessibility to all areas.
  • Facilities include books, computers self-service machines and 3D Printer.
  • A welcoming space to sit, work or read in an attractive reading room with original features, plus a library garden to the rear.
  • Read-aloud and magnification technology to help people who are blind, dyslexic or visually impaired to have better access to the resources on offer.
  • Community meeting rooms and hot desk space for local business people.
  • We offer books, DVDs, Spoken Word CD’s, Language Courses and books in other languages.  Library members also have access to a wide range of online resources including E Audio, E Books, magazines and online reference materials for adults and children.  Many of these can be accessed from home.
  • Other services include free Wi-Fi and internet access, word processing, printing, photocopying and scanning. 
  • Regular library activities include weekly rhyme and story-time sessions for under-fives, adult reading groups, an older person’s group, plus seasonal events throughout the year including children’s events and activities over the summer holidays.

The Mark Bennett Streatham Centre

The Mark Bennett Centre is a cultural and community centre located to the rear of the library.   The hall has a 100+ seat capacity plus kitchen facility and is available for hire at very competitive rates.  It is perfect for and regularly hosts a range of community activities including classes, church services, clubs, exhibitions, meetings, music events, children’s parties and plays.

Room hire charges

Room Community use during opening hours Community use out of opening hours Non-Community use during opening hours Non-Community use out of opening hours
Hall £30 per hour £160 day £40 per hour £50 per hour £350 per day £60 per hour
Meeting room 1 (10 to 12 people) £15 per hour £80 day £20 per hour £30 per hour £200 per day £40 per hour
Meeting room 2 (10 to 12 people) £15 per hour £80 day £20 per hour £30 per hour £200 per day £40 per hour
Meeting room 3/business suite hot desk £15 per hour £80 day £20 per hour £30 per hour £200 day | £40 per hour



63 Streatham High Road
SW16 1PN



Facility Facility notes

Large print keyboard


Screen magnifier and screen reader


Various formats

Large print, spoken word books and digital resources

Disabled toilet


Wheelchair access

The side entrance in Pinfold Road has an automatic door and ramp for wheelchair access

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

Opening times

Venue opening times
Day Opening times
Monday 11am - 8pm
Tuesday 11am - 8pm
Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed


Vincia Bennett
Job title:
Library Manager