Extending opening hours

New opening hours from Monday 26 July

From Monday 26 July 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

 

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.  Some 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.

Browsing and borrowing books, Children's libraries, Public Computers and Study space

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

Browsing and borrowing

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 browsing and borrowing.  At busy times it may be necessary to limit the number of users in the children's libraries.

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

Study space

At the moment study tables are only available at three of our libraries: Swiss Cottage, Pancras Square and Holborn.  We hope to make this available at all of the libraries soon. 

Please note that we cannot guarantee recharging facilities in all libraries. We recommend that you charge any laptops or other devices before bringing them in to our libraries

Services at each library

  • Kilburn Library - computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Queen Crescent Library – computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Pancras Square Library – computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library 
  • West Hampstead – computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Kentish Town Library - computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Holborn library - computer access, , browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Highgate library - computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library
  • Swiss Cottage library - computer access, browsing and borrowing books, children's library 

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 two hours per day.

You can print from our computers using your library card, and pay with contactless, card or cash, at our self-service machines.  

Limited copying is available on our public photocopiers.  Please note this is self-service only, and limited to five A4 copies.

Scanning facilities are available in all libraries.

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.

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.

Computers

  • computers are spaced to allow social distancing, and cleaning materials are provided for users to wipe down keyboards, mouses and workspaces
  • customers are limited to up to two hours per day on our computers
  • 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

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

 

Tue-Wed, 10am to 5pm

Thu, 10am to 7pm

Sat, 10am to 4pm

 

Holborn

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon-Thu, 10am to 7pm

Fri, 10am to 5pm

Sat, 11am to 3.30pm

 

Kentish Town

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon-Thu, 10am to 7pm

Fri, 10am to 5pm

Sat, 11am to 5pm

 

Kilburn

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon-Thu, 10am to 7pm

Fri, 10am to 5pm

Sat, 11am to 5pm

 

 

Pancras Square

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon-Sat, 8am to 8pm

 

Queens Crescent

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon, 10am to 6pm

Tue-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 5pm

 

Swiss Cottage

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon-Thu, 10am to 8pm

Fri-Sat, 10am to 5pm

 

West Hampstead

 

PC access, printing and photocopying

Browsing and borrowing in adult and children's library

Mon, 11am to 7pm

Tue-Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri-Sat, 11am to 5pm

 

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 until 31 August 2021
  • No new fines will be incurred until 1 September 2021

Reservations

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

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 the prefix 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 BorrowBox, Libby or PressReader via our Digital Library:

Digital library