Library services changing

We regret that because of the new government restrictions, we have had to reduce what we can offer at our libraries. 

Temporary closure

We regret that Holborn Library is closed at the moment, because of a shortage of staff.  We hope to reopen soon. 

However, all other Camden libraries are still open, offering the following:

Customers can access computers at six libraries, with printing, scanning and photocopying.  At four libraries, customers can request books.  Full details are given below.

Please be aware that services may change in light of any future government announcements. Please check this webpage for updates.

Computer access

Camden Town, Kilburn, Kentish Town, Pancras Square, Queens Crescent and West Hampstead libraries offer customers limited access to computers. Visitors don’t need to book a place, computers are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We regret that at the moment customers are limited to one hour per day on the library computers.

Request and Read

We regret that for the moment users cannot browse and choose their own books at any library.

Customers can request books at Highgate, Kentish Town, Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead through our Request and Read service.  We hope to extend this service to other libraries soon.

For details see the Request and Read page

Study space, Children's libraries, newspapers and DVDs

We are following government guidelines which recommend that customers only stay for a limited length of time. This helps support social distancing and reduces touch points within the library.

Because of this,we regret that there is no study space available in our libraries at the moment. 

For the same reason, our Children’s libraries are closed at the moment to library customers.  But children and their carers are welcome to choose from a selection of children’s books  available in the main part of each library. We hope to be able to offer extend services soon.

DVDs and CDs are not available for loan.  Also, we don't have any newspapers in the libraries at the moment.  But you can access many newspapers and magazines online through Pressreader in our Digital Library

Keeping everyone safe

We’re committed to making sure our libraries are safe for residents and staff.  To do this we have introduced a number of measures in libraries.  For full details, see the 'Keeping everyone safe' section.

Library users are asked to wear face coverings, in line with government guidance.

Opening hours

Libraries are open 11am to 3.30pm.

Camden Town, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Pancras Square, Queens Crescent and West Hampstead Libraries are open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3.30pm.  

Swiss Cottage is open for Request and Read appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Highgate is open for Request and Read appointments onTuesday to Thursday and Saturday.

Digital library

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

Summary of our services

In our libraries

Libraries Services available Opening hours
Camden PC access, printing and photocopying Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Highgate Request and Read Tue-Thu and Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Holborn Library closed at the moment  -
Kentish Town

PC access, printing and photocopying

Request and Read

Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Kilburn PC access, printing and photocopying Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Pancras Square PC access, printing and photocopying Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Queens Crescent PC access, printing and photocopying Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
Swiss Cottage Request and Read Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm
West Hampstead

PC access, printing and photocopying

Request and Read

Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Library Service

For more information:  Home Library Service

Digital Library

We have a wide range of e-books, e-audio books, e-newspapers and e-magazines available.

For more information:  Digital Library.

Keeping everyone safe

We’re committed to making sure our libraries are safe for residents and staff. To do this, we have introduced 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.

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
  • No printing, scanning or photocopying available.

Loans, reservations and charges

Loans and charges

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

  • Loans - all items on loan are now due back on 31 January 2021.

Reservations

Customers can now search for items in our catalogue, but we regret that our Reservation service is not available for the moment.

You can request books with Request and Read

Search the catalogue here

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Accessing the library online

Our digital library

You can get a range of e-books, e-audio-books, 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:

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