London Borough of Southwark has opened a new state-of-the-art library building in Canada Water.
The library, designed by Piers Gough of architecture firm CZWG, as part of a major regeneration project in Rotherhithe.
At a cost of £14.1 million, the new centre sits at the centre of a new town plaza.
Peter John, leader of the council, said: "Canada Water library truly is a library for the future.
“Designed to reflect the changing needs of library users, it is a wonderful and visionary statement of how Southwark values its libraries.”
Library visitors will have access to 40,000 books, CDs and films, as well as watching performances in a new theatre.
"We've already surpassed one degree of global warming," said Kristen Buida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership.