General Library Services


There are 8 libraries in Sutton, all of which are equip with computers, giving access to the internet (please contact for availability) and self service machines allowing you to check out, renew and discharge books with ease.


Study Spaces

All our libraries offer clean, safe spaces for visitors to study, work and read.


In Sutton Central Library, study spaces need to be booked online. Members are required to log in with their Cultural Services Number and PIN (same as a Library Card Number and PIN). A map of the Sutton Central Library study spaces is available. Visitors not intending to use a study space are welcome to freely browse all public areas on all floors.


By booking to use a study space you agree to adhere to the student charter and conditions of use. You will also be required to present a student ID / a form of picture ID card in order to use the study facilities in libraries. During booking members will need to provide the names of anyone else using the same study space and their school (students only).




Housebound Library Service

This service delivers books to those who have difficulty getting to or using their local library, or those who are vulnerable and/or socially isolated. It makes regular calls on people in their own homes. To apply for the Housebound Library Service please call 020 8770 4740, or send an email to [email protected].


Children & young people's library services

Children of all ages are very welcome in our libraries. You can enrol them and they can borrow books free of charge. They are specially selected books for teenagers in every library. Free I.T. services and Wi-Fi in all libraries. All our libraries have designated children's areas and quiet study areas. We run several rhymetimes and holiday events - please check with your local library or follow us on social media. There are also other council services for children, families and young people such as children's centres.

Sutton Council's Cultural Services - five illustrations of children stood in a circle


Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. You can borrow a book for an initial 9 weeks and provided that the book is not required by anybody else you can renew it for another 9 weeks. There are currently three book lists available:
- Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions, Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia and Reading Well for young people.
- Polish collection held at Sutton Central Library
- Indic Collection and Chinese Collection held at Sutton Central Library


Freedom Passes

If you live in the London Borough of Sutton and are unable to apply for a freedom pass online, you can apply in person at any Sutton Borough Library or at Sutton Civic Offices. It is not necessary to complete a form in advance. Freedom pass applications can only be granted to first time applications and renewals. Please note libraries cannot process disability freedom passes, 60+ London Oyster photocards and blue badges. We advise checking with your local library before going in.


Multilingual Reading

Books of different languages.


Reading Groups

Get in contact with your local library to find out what reading groups are available and when.


The Library Talks Podcast

The Library Talks Podcast from Sutton Council's Cultural Services aims to feature guests, such as the people behind your local Sutton-based library, discussing captivating books and their real life topics and themes. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, to find out when each episode is released. Leave a positive review in your podcast app of choice.

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