Libraries services expanding
Although we are expanding our services, we regret that things are not back to normal yet. Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures remain in place in all of our libraries.
This is in line with the most recent government guidance.
Quick Choice starting again, Children's libraries and Study space
We are delighted to announce that from Monday 19th April, we are extending our opening hours and you will be able to come in to browse and choose your own books.
Also, at four of our libraries you will be able to visit our children's libraries and at three of our libraries you can book study space. See below for more information.
You can now come in to the library to browse and choose your own books.
If possible, we ask you to spend no more than 20 minutes browsing, and please wear a mask when you are in the library. For more details about our Covid-safe procedures see Keeping everyone safe.
New opening hours
From Monday 19 April, our libraries are open Monday – Thursday 11am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 3.30pm. Highgate is open Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 5pm; Thursday 11am to 6pm; and Saturday 11am to 3.30pm.
As from Monday 19th April, we are stopping the Request and Read service. But you can order books through our Reservations service. As from Monday 10 May, you can also order books via SELMS and inter-library loans.
For more information and a link to our catalogue, see Find, Reserve, Renew.
Visiting our Children's libraries
From Monday 19th April we are opening four our children's libraries for Quick Choice browsing. If you want to come to one of the libraries to choose some books, you will need to book in advance. For details of how to book, see Library bookings.
The four Children's libraries open from next week are: Swiss Cottage, Pancras Square, Holborn and Highgate.
From Monday 19 April we have study space available at three of our libraries: Swiss Cottage, Pancras Square and Holborn.
Study time is limited to two hours a day, and you will need to book a slot. For details of how to book, see Library bookings.
Services at each library from 19 April
- Kilburn Library - computer access, and quick choice browsing
- Queen Crescent Library – computer access, and quick choice browsing
- Pancras Square Library – computer access, quick choice browsing, children's library and study space
- West Hampstead – computer access and quick choice browsing
- Kentish Town Library - computer access and quick choice browsing
- Holborn library - computer access, quick choice browsing, children's library and study space
- Highgate library - computer access, quick choice browsing and children's library
- Swiss Cottage library - computer access, quick choice browsing, children's library and study space
Camden Town library is closed until further notice. The nearest libraries are Pancras Square or Kentish Town Libraries.
If you are visiting a library for computer access you don’t need to book a place, computers are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Access is limited to one hour per day.
You can print from our computers using your library card, and pay with contactless, card or cash, at our self-service machines. We are in the process of upgrading our scanners, so regret that scanning is currently only available in Kilburn Library Centre.
Limited copying is available on our public photocopiers. Please note this is self-service only, and limited to five A4 copies.
You can continue to visit our digital library which has a range of free online books, e-magazines and information resources.