Libraries and online learning centres

On this page you can manage your library account, renew your books, borrow using our elibrary and find out information about your local branch.

What’s happening in Camden’s libraries?

Christmas and New Year Opening hours

Highgate Library will close at 4pm on Thursday 24 December and re-open on Monday 4 January. 

All other libraries 

Thursday 24 December – libraries close at 4pm

Friday 25 December – libraries closed

Saturday 26 December – libraries closed  

Sunday 27 December – libraries closed  

Monday 28 December – libraries closed  

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December – libraries open usual times

Thursday 31 December – libraries close at 4pm 

Friday 1 January – libraries closed 

All Camden libraries will return to usual opening times on Saturday 2 January 2016.

There will be an extended loan period over Christmas and New Year.

Don’t forget, you can do the following online:

  • view your library account 
  • renew your items 
  • reserve a title 
  • browse reference information 
  • borrow an ebook or audiobook

Camden Future Libraries – Formal Consultation

As part of the financial challenge, we consulted on how we might save £800,000 from the service’s current budget of £4.5m. Although we have less money, we are aiming to invest £3.7 million to create a modern library service that supports both existing and future customers and best meets the needs of Camden residents.

Thank you to all the people who took part in the consultation. We are currently reviewing the responses and considering all of the information available to us on future library trends, community needs and the impact any changes might have on our most vulnerable customers. A new library strategy will be presented to Camden’s Cabinet in December 2015. Subject to the changes being approved, we plan to start to implement the new library strategy from April 2016.

If you have any specific questions about the consultation, you can email us at

You don’t need to visit a library reserve a book, film or DVD, manage your account or renew your library items. 

Your library account

If you are already a member your account is automatically set up for you and can be used straight away. Please note that Ancestry and Lexis Nexis Law Library can only be accessed from a library computer. You will need a library card to use the service for free.  

Your digital library

Hire a Library Space

Did you know you can hire our libraries and library rooms managed by Camden Council for events and activities? Events include seminars, workshops, meetings, children’s parties, social gatherings, exhibitions and more. Restrictions apply on time of use. You should email the events team at  or call 020 7974 5633. 

For information about prices see below. 

Download: Holborn Library room booking sheet (PDF)  

Download: Kentish Town Library room booking sheet (PDF)  

Download: Kilburn Library Centre booking sheet (PDF)

Download: Pancras Square Library room booking sheet (PDF)

Download:  Swiss Cottage Library room booking sheet (PDF)

Download: West Hampstead Library room booking sheet (PDF)

What else we offer:

More information: