Tea and coffee will soon be served in libraries as part of a complimentary welcome to library visitors.

As library visitor numbers continue to increase following a decline in numbers during the pandemic, tea and coffee will soon be served periodically as part of providing a warm welcome to library visitors. In addition to information signposting, library staff will continue to be on hand to support the range of library users, from people looking to study, conduct business, join in the many activities in the library, borrow books and dvds and generally enjoy all the wonderful facilities the libraries have to offer in the comfort of a warm place this winter.

Councillor Yvonne Bear, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing said, “How we use libraries has changed over the years, with our services continuing to evolve but I am pleased that through all of this, our libraries have continued to provide a warm welcome. The introduction of tea and coffee further enhances the library service and underlines the libraries’ unrivalled position as warm places in our community to work, study and engage in stimulating activities this winter. I want to thank GLL, our library service provider,  for their support in seeking to develop and enhance these important community facilities. 

Rebecca Gediking GLL’s Head of Libraries, Archives and Museums for Bromley said, “Libraries are here to serve all people of all ages and at all stages of life, where people seek out information both for leisure and pleasure reasons but also in difficult situations as well. The introduction of tea and coffee is very much part of our thinking, not just in the winter period but hopefully beyond this too, that when you visit a library, you will receive a warm welcome.”

Statistics show that over 95% of borough residents live within 1.5 miles of a library. A full list of the locations of libraries across the Borough can be found on the Council’s website To find out what’s on in Bromley’s libraries, visit the Better website www.better.org.uk.

Residents who are seeking advice on support that may be available are reminded that they can also visit the Council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/SupportingResidents.


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Published: 11th November 2022