South Norwood Library is on the move!

Why are we doing this?

In 2019, South Norwood library is moving to a new central location, 24 Station Road, providing an opportunity to deliver a ‘library for the future’ in a purpose-built space. In this building, the new library will be all on one floor and users will have access to the same number of books as now as well as more computer and study spaces. This is part of Croydon’s wider plans to develop the service by equipping our libraries with the latest digital technology, in fit-for-purpose buildings, so that more people can benefit from what is on offer.

Why move the library?

The  move  follows a building survey on the existing library that estimates it requires some £420,000 of modernisation and repairs to keep it operational for the next 20 years. 

The current building, which operates on five levels, has never been accessible for all visitors and ongoing issues with the lift have restricted access for some people to parts of the library. The multilevel layout does not provide opportunities to make changes that would support the development of an enhanced range of library services.

What will change?

The new flexible, attractive design will provide opportunities for much-needed alternative use outside of existing library hours, such as community events and adult learning classes, at a cost of £500k.

The existing building will still belong to the council and its future use will be considered as part of the wider improvements to the area. 

What do we want to know?

Have your say

We want to make sure we understand what local people want and need from the library service in South Norwood so that it can be designed to meet these needs. We also want to hear of any concerns you have about the library relocating so we can address these, and any suggestions for how the new building could be used out of library hours.

Please complete our short questionnaire to give your views (link below).

Image of proposed standard offering

Image of proposed out of hours offering

If you have any problems completing the questionnaire or would like it in a different format, please email


A report on future plans for South Norwood Library will be going to cabinet in 2018. Papers for this will be available on our website.

What we found out
What difference has it made?
Location/ Coverage:  London Borough of Croydon
Start21 November 2017
End14 January 2018
Report availableDue 30 March 2018
Reference year2017
Methods Groups- Focus Groups, Questionnaire - Online
Who can take part? Residents, General public, People who do not use the service, Young People, Members, All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area Community and life events, Leisure and culture


South Norwood Library survey