Thornton Heath library reopened on July 20 with a new select and collect service allowing members to reserve books and collect in specific time slots. 

This includes helping families without access to digital books join in the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 which asks children aged between four and 11 to read six books before mid-September.

This year follows the adventures of the Silly Squad, a team of six fun-loving animals who love to laugh and read books.

Young bookworms can register to join in at

Croydon residents can join the library for free and during the coronavirus lockdown, there was a surge in membership as more than 1,000 members signed up to access digital collections which were a lifeline for many. The number of items borrowed has tripled compared with last year.

Other library services including the computer systems will be reintroduced in due course. All current library loans have been extended until Tuesday September 1.