Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

We are the friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. For official information about the library, including opening hours and contact details, please visit the library’s own website here.

Tate Free Library design

The beating heart of our community – a poem from a library user

Please don’t close our library

Please don’t close our library, it’s better than it looks.

It’s used by our community for more than reading books.


We have playtime and stories for the little ones, you know,

And the school kids come and study, with computers on the go.


There’s a class on the computers for those who cannot see,

And  a monthly meeting held for those who still need help (like me!)


A part of our community are people from Portugal,

And as well as learning English there are books and tapes for all.


There’s a club for over-50s and a classic film show too,

And gardening club and knitting club, and reading clubs – a few !


So please don’t close our library we need every single part,

In all of our community this is the beating heart.

by Moyra Pettengell, aged 78







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