News and Updates

27.04.2020: Update

Merton Libraries are extending the following measures introduced on 20 March to support customers during this time:

  • We have automatically renewed all due books until 1 July.
  • We have automatically waived all fines from 20 March until 1 July.
  • We have extended all hold/reservation pickup/expiry dates until 1 July.
  • Allow all new online borrowers to use online resources immediately without having to collect a library membership card.  

25.03.2020: Merton Covid-19 Community Response Hub

Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) is working with the voluntary sector in the borough to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.

For more information visit Merton Voluntary Service Council website.

20.03.2020: Merton libraries response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the current health concerns Merton’s libraries will be closed from 7pm on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

Merton Libraries are introducing the following measures to support customers during this time:

  • A fine amnesty:There will be no charges for overdue items until 30 April 2020.
  • Automatic renewals:All items on loan will be renewed automatically until 30 April 2020.
  • New members: Anyone who joins Merton libraries via our website will be given a temporary membership number which will allow immediate access to eBooks, eMagazines and all other online resources. To join visit our website
  • 24 hour telephone renewal line: To renew items on the phone please call 0333 370 4700 followed by 3 and then 5.

Access to our eLibrary

During these difficult times we are expanding our online resources. You can access the following on our eLibrary:

  • eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics
  • Online resources
  • RB Digital Entertainment package:
  • Online Courses: access to engaging professors covering a wide variety of topics. The courses range from a myriad of subjects and includes:
    • History — Study ancient and biblical times, medieval Europe, Eastern and Western civilizations, as well as how these historical periods still impact society.
    • Health — Dive into courses on meditation, nutrition, natural healing and brain fitness.
    • Science — Learn from America’s leading scientists in numerous areas of study ranging from biology, astronomy & space, engineering & technology and beyond.
    • Language Arts — learning leadership, thinking and communication skills in both professional and personal lives are essential to get a head.
  • IndieFlix: a streaming movie service with films, classic TV shows and web series.
  • Qello: full length performances, concert films, and music documentaries.

To access these resources you will need your library card number and a PIN. If you don’t remember your PIN visit our website and go to My Account at the top of the page, click on Forgot My PIN and we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to recover your PIN.