Library services changing
We regret that because of the new government restrictions, we have had to reduce what we can offer at our libraries.
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.
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.
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.
You can continue to visit our digital library which has a range of free online books, e-magazines and information resources.