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.

Quick Choice

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. 

Ordering books

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.

Study space

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.

Computer access

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. 

Digital library

You can continue to visit our digital library which has a range of free online books, e-magazines and information resources.  

Keeping everyone safe

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 latest government advice.

To make sure our libraries are safe for residents and staff,  we have a number of measures in libraries including:

  • Library users are asked to wear face coverings, in line with government guidance
  • Hand sanitisers at entrance
  • Books are quarantined for 72 hours on return
  • No cash transactions.
  • Customers are asked to spend only 20 minutes choosing their books.

Computers

  • Computers are cleaned regularly and spaced to allow social distancing
  • Customers are limited to one computer session of up to one hour per day
  • Family PC use is limited to one adult and one child only

Summary of our services

In our libraries

Libraries Services available Opening hours

Camden Town

 

Closed

 

Closed

 

Highgate

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 20 April:  Quick Choice browsing 

and Children's library

Tue-Wed, 11am to 5pm

Thu, 11am to 6pm

Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Holborn

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April: Quick Choice browsing,

Children's library and Study space

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Kentish Town

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April, Quick Choice browsing

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Kilburn

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April, Quick Choice browsing

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Pancras Square

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April: Quick Choice browsing,

Children's library and Study space

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Queens Crescent

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April, Quick Choice browsing

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Swiss Cottage

 

From 19 April:

PC access, printing and photocopying

Quick Choice browsing,

Children's library and Study space

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

West Hampstead

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

From 19 April, Quick Choice browsing

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Library

We have a wide range of e-books, e-audio books, e-newspapers and e-magazines available. For more information:  Digital Library.

Home Library Service

If you can’t get out and about to come to the library you may be eligible for our free home library service.

Loans, reservations and charges

Loans and charges

During this period, we have made the following changes to library loans:

  • While our libraries are offering a limited service, current loans will be automatically renewed periodically.
  • No new fines will be incurred.

Reservations

Reservations are free, but customers are limited to two at a time.

As from Monday 10 May you can also reserve items via SELMS or request other inter-library loans.  For more details, see Find, Reserve or Renew.

Search the catalogue here

Accessing the library online

Our digital library

You can access a range of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers via our website.

If you already have a library card, go straight to our Digital Library pages:

If you don't have a library card, you can join today:

Join the library

When have completed the joining form you will get a temporary membership ID, starting with CAM.   During the pandemic period, you don't need to confirm your membership at a library.

You can use that temporary ID, plus the PIN number which you have created, to log-in to RB Digital, Libby or Pressreader via our Digital Library:

Digital library