The Friends of West barnes Library in line with Public Health England policy have cancelled all future events until further notice.

We hope all our visitors stay safe and healthy and return to us as soon as possible


Message from Merton

Merton libraries begin to re-open


We wish all members, and friends and families, the very best in these unprecedented times.  And we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the library once that is possible.

As of Monday 13 July, Wimbledon, Mitcham and Colliers Wood libraries are re-opening with a Click-and-Collect service, and the use of some computers by prior reservation.  (See details below.)  We will issue a further Newsletter once there is news of the re-opening of West Barnes Library.

The Friends have a new e-mail address:, but our website remains at

West Barnes Library remains closed for the present, but all Merton libraries have been deep-cleaned, and preparations are under way for re-opening. 

  • Up to 31 August 2020 Merton are waiving all fines on overdue items. and any renewals will be extended until 1 September 2020.  (There will be no charges for overdue items while library services are closed, and any library memberships that are about to expire will automatically be extended until October 2020.)

  • Merton also provides an extensive range of online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, so there has never been a better to time to access these free resources. There is further information at:

  • There is a 24-hour telephone renewal line: 0333 370 4700.

  • Merton is also providing improved eStock and access to online services via its website. This will give access to [a] eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines and comics, [b] General interest and research sites, [c] Children’s resources, and [d] Online courses –including The Great Courses, Theory Test Pro, Go Citizen.

  • New members can join online and will be given immediate access to our online resources by visiting Merton Libraries website and clicking on ‘Join the Library’.

You can keep up to date via Merton libraries' website:, or by social media -- Twitter: @mertonlibraries, and Facebook: mertonlibraries.


Merton libraries announcement


As of Monday 13 July, Wimbledon, Mitcham and Colliers Wood libraries will re-open with a Click and Collect service and use of some computers through prior reservation.  Merton has announced:

The safety of our customers, staff and volunteers is our top priority. During this first phase of our re-opening we will have a number of safety measures in place including:

  • Limited Service offer -- Click-and-Collect and PC bookings

  • Perspex screens at customer counters

  • All returned items will be sanitised and quarantined for 72 hours

  • Social distancing queue systems

  • Separate queues for Click-and-Collect and PC bookings

  • Book return options outside of the library entrance

  • Special signs to guide you at this time

  • Revised opening hours

  • Strict Social Distancing measures, including in PC areas

  • Increased cleaning of all library facilities including cleaning of computers after every customer use

PC bookings and Click-and-Collect orders can be made from 13 July 2020. You will need to show you library membership card when collecting your order or accessing a public PC. If you require a new library card you should inform the library before your visit and bring appropriate identification.  But we ask users not to visit our libraries if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms.

Using the click and collect service you can order the item(s) you would like to borrow and collect them once we have confirmed they are ready. You can order your books online, on Merton Libraries' or by phoning or e-mailing one of our open libraries: Wimbledon, Mitcham and Colliers Wood.  The below libraries are opening for Click-and-Collect services from 13 July with these temporary opening hours: 

  • Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

  • Saturday 10am - 4pm

Once you have received confirmation that your books have arrived, you will have 2 weeks to collect them. You can collect your books from one of our open libraries at a desk at the library entrance. 

If you reserved books before 13 July 2020, library staff will contact you by phone, email or text once your order is ready for collection.  These books can also be collected from one of our open libraries.  Standard reservation charges apply to all book orders made before 13 July.

When collecting books, you will be asked to queue outside the library, 2 metres apart as indicated by the floor markers.

We can reassure you that all returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours and sanitised before being made available for further lending.

As part of our Click-and-Collect service there will be no reservation charges and only book stock held at a Merton library can be reserved for collection.  We are not currently able to process requests for stock located at other libraries within the Libraries Consortium.

So as to keep our libraries safe there will be no study spaces, physical copies of newspapers and magazines, access to public toilets, group activities or space hire until further notice. Where possible we will provide some events and activities online including the Summer Reading Challenge.

During library opening hours, you can return books by simply placing them on the returns table, bin or trolley located near the library entrance.  There is no need to join a queue for this.  You can also return books through the library book drops outside some branches which have yet to open -- West Barnes and Raynes Park -- as well as Colliers Wood, Wimbledon and Mitcham during the hours that those libraries are closed.

As part of the Click and Collect service we will be making available a reduced number of public computers. These computers are available for library members to use but advanced booking is required and other restrictions will apply. Public computers can be booked online, by phone or at one of the open libraries in advance.  Computer bookings can be made at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm only.  Bookings starting at a different time will not be permitted.

Bookings are for a maximum of a single one-hour slot per adult library member, per day.  Children’s public computers will not be available and cannot be booked.  Only library members who have a booking will be invited into the computer area.  To ensure social distancing, guests including children will not be permitted at this time.

There are special entrances for computer bookings at each library. You will be required to arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled booking time and queue at the designated computer entrance. At your scheduled time a member of staff will confirm your booking and lead you into the computer room. If you arrive late you will have missed your session and will be unable to join.

All public computers will be sanitised after every use and social distancing measures will be in place in the computer rooms.  Users are requested to use the hand sanitising stations at the entrances to the computer area.  Printing from public computers will be available and can be paid for via our online card payment system. Photocopying is not available at this time.


Wimbledon Library:             020 8274 5757

Mitcham Library:                  020 8274 5745

Collier Wood Library:           020 8274 5799


'Virtual' author event

The above talk will be live on Facebook and viewers will need to “like” the Friends of West Barnes Library Facebook page. Questions for authors can be submitted in advance on the page.  We hope to put it on YouTube afterwards for non Facebook users to view.

Merton NHS tribute

There is now a range of resources available from Merton Heritage Service – designed as a tribute to our wonderful NHS and to thank all those medical staff to whom we owe such a debt of gratitude, particularly at the current time.  Our new NHS page includes online displays, poems, music, films, reminiscence materials and activities. We hope you will enjoy looking at the material.

You can find the new page on our website at or follow the link from the post on the Merton Memories website –

Volunteering and getting help

How do I get help?  If a person requires help, you can ask them to email or call 020 8685 2272 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

How do I volunteer?  If you are able to volunteer, or know anyone that wants to volunteer, please complete this form or contact the volunteer taskforce at

For Friends of West Barnes Library members in the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, see

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I am contacting you to let you know that we are running a consultation exercise linked to the Draft Merton Heritage Strategy 2020-25. As you know, Merton has a rich and diverse heritage – in the current time this faces both opportunities and challenges. We are keen to raise awareness of the borough’s colourful past, safeguard local heritage for current and future generations and ensure that it is both relevant and accessible to all. Public consultation is key to this process, particularly if we are to address the learning needs and cultural interests of the modern Merton community. Your feedback will help us to prioritise service developments over the next five years. You can view the draft strategy and take part in the associated consultation by clicking on the following link: The Heritage Service webpage 

The Summer Reading Challenge is digital.

Just to let you know that due to current

circumstances the SRC has gone digital this year and started

last Friday.

Children have to join online


Children who complete the challenge will get an online



The challenge will finish in September. 


Unfortunately there won’t be rewards, stickers, medals as usual from the library, but the challenge can still be completed.

Join the silly squad


Friends of West Barnes Library

Opening times

Monday 9.30am to 7.00pm

Tuesday 9.30am to 7.00pm

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 9.30am to 7.00pm

Friday 9.30am to 7.00pm

Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Sunday Closed


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