Select and Collect at Shirley Library

From 17th May Shirley Library will be operating a select and collect service. This will only be on Mondays from 10.30am until 4.00 pm.

Customers can pre-order books by email or phone (staff are on site from 10am – 5pm Mondays but the answerphone is on at other times).

Books can also be ordered online at We will contact customers when the books are ready to arrange collection.

We are looking forward to seeing some of our customers again!

DEMOC Campaign Launch

The referendum for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon will be on October 7.

The DEMOC Campaign Launch will be on Zoom on 12 May at 8pm.
The Zoom call opens at 7.45pm with limits on attendance – so try to connect early.

There will be speakers from Residents’ Associations and from across the political divide.

Please let DEMOC know if you wish to join the meeting by sending an email to:

DEMOC Campaign Update – October Referendum

In September 2020, the Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon (DEMOC) formally handed in its petition that required Croydon Council to hold a referendum giving the people of Croydon the choice to change from the current failed council system to a new mayor, chosen directly by every voter in Croydon.

The Council at first refused to accept the petition was valid. After being threatened with court action, Croydon Council agreed to hold a referendum on 7th October 2021.

DEMOC are a group of Croydon Residents’ Associations supported by 17,000 residents seeking to change the way Croydon Council is run and make it better for all residents.

With the higher profile and status the position of Mayor brings, and with a mandate from the people, the Mayor will be well placed to bring the town together behind the steps that are now essential to put the town’s finances back on a sound footing including negotiation with Central Government. A Mayor can also create and develop a new vision for the town’s future in the post Covid-19, post-Brexit era, including a plan for the town centre.

For more information and details of how to help the campaign, visit the DEMOC website at:

Libraries Consultation Update

Thank you to all who have participated in the Libraries Consultation process, and are keen to be involved with the proposed changes to our libraries.

To provide more time, we are extending the consultation deadline to 14 March 2021, and if you have any additional comments we are allowing multiple survey submissions.

The Libraries Consultation has had over 1400 responses to date, and many residents have questions which we would like to address in a series of Zoom webinars:

20 February Saturday
All Libraries service webinar:

20 February Saturday
How to run a community library – with The Community Run Libraries National Peer Network:

22 February Monday
South Norwood Library:

23 February Tuesday
Broad Green Library:

23 February Tuesday
Shirley Library:

24 February Wednesday
Bradmore Green Library:

24 February Wednesday
Sanderstead Library:

These sessions will be recorded and available to access after the event.
Register on Eventbrite:

Submit your questions in advance (please note the relevant session) to, or leave a message on 0207 884 5159.

For more details see the Libraries consultation website: