Libraries during lockdown

Temporary library closure

We regret that Pancras Square Library is closed.  The Library will reopen on Monday 1st March. 

In line with the most recent government guidance, Camden libraries are open offering computer access and a Request and Read book ordering service.

Libraries are open Monday – Saturday 11am to 3.30pm. Highgate is open Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday 11am to 3.30pm.

Current library services

  • Kilburn Library - computer access only
  • Queen Crescent Library – computer access only
  • Pancras Square Library – computer access only
  • West Hampstead – computer access and request and read
  • Kentish Town Library - computer access and request and read
  • Holborn library - computer access only
  • Highgate library - request and read service only
  • Swiss Cottage library - request and read service only

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. 

Request and Read

While you cannot come in to our libraries to choose your own books, you can order books using our Request and Read service. This allows users to order and collect books from some of our libraries.

For full details, see Request and Read.

We regret that at the moment our Reservation service is not available.

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 Town








Request and Read


Tue-Thu and Sat, 11am to 3.30pm




PC access, printing and photocopying


Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm


Kentish Town


PC access, printing and photocopying

Request and Read

Mon-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm




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

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

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.
  • (When Quick Choice service is operating) Customers are asked to spend only 20 minutes choosing their books.


  • 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

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.


We regret that at the moment, customers cannot reserve items. 

But you can search for items in our catalogue before ordering a book through Request and Read.

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