Extending opening hours

New opening hours from Monday 26 July

From next Monday our library opening hours will be:

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Swiss Cottage

10am - 8pm

10am - 8pm

10am - 8pm

10am - 8pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

Closed

Holborn

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Closed

Kentish Town

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Closed

Kilburn

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

​​​​​​​Closed

Pancras Square

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

Closed

Queens Crescent

10am - 6pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

​​​​​​​Closed

West Hampstead

11am-7pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 6pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Closed​​​​​​​

Highgate

Closed

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 7pm

Closed

10am - 4pm

Closed

Camden Town

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

 

Until then, 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. 

Note that Camden Town Library is in use as a lateral flow test centre, so the library is closed.

Although we are expanding our services, we regret that things are not completely back to normal.  Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures remain in place in all of our libraries.  

We ask you to continue wearing face coverings inside our libraries, unless you are exempt.  This is to protect other customers and staff as well as yourself.

Quick Choice, Public Computers, Children's libraries and Study space

You can come in to browse and choose your own books or to use one of our public computers.

Also, you can 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.

Ordering books

You can order books through our Reservations service or via SELMS and inter-library loans.

For more information and a link to our catalogue, see Find, Reserve, Renew.

Visiting our Children's libraries

Our children's libraries are open 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 Children's libraries which are open are: Swiss Cottage, Pancras Square, Highgate, Holborn, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Queens Crescent, and West Hampstead.

Study space

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

  • Kilburn Library - computer access, quick choice browsing and children's library
  • Queen Crescent Library – computer access, quick choice and children's library
  • Pancras Square Library – computer access, quick choice, children's library and study space
  • West Hampstead – computer access, quick choice browsing and children's library
  • Kentish Town Library - computer access and quick choice browsing
  • Holborn library - computer access, quick choice , children's library and study space
  • Highgate library - computer access, quick choice and children's library
  • Swiss Cottage library - computer access, quick choice, 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.  

Our library books want to come back!

We need your help!

As well as the main Camden website, we use our sister site Love Camden to tell people about our library events and activities.  We are planning on upgrading the Love Camden website and we need you to help us understand if and why you choose to visit our the site and what you like about it.

If you'd like to help, please fill in our survey here.  It will only take three minutes of your time.

Thank you!

Our books want to come back to the library!

It’s been over a year for some of our books, and they are homesick. Please return our library books to any of our Camden Libraries (except Camden Town Library) between 1st July and 31st August 2021 and all existing fines will be waived.

As from 1st September 2021, fines on overdue books will be re-introduced including the usual three-week loan period for our books.

All our Libraries are now open Monday – Thursday 11am – 6pm and Friday and Saturday 11am – 3.30pm, except for Highgate and Camden Town libraries, click here for all library opening times. Come along and spend up to 20 minutes browsing in the library, choose some new titles, or just return the books that have overstayed their welcome in your home.   

So why wait, get those books back to us now and they can bring pleasure to someone else.

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.

To make sure our libraries are safe for residents and staff,  we continue to 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
  • 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

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

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

Quick Choice browsing

Children's library

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Kilburn

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Quick Choice browsing

Children's library

Mon-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Pancras Square

 

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

 

Queens Crescent

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Quick Choice browsing

Children's library

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

Quick Choice browsing

Children's library

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