Libraries

After much consideration and taking on board the recent government decisions, we have decided to close all Camden libraries until further notice.

We will continue to review government advice and will update residents if further changes need to be made.

Residents will still be able to access our free online library offer which includes e-books and audio-books, online newspapers, magazines, graphic novels and comics.

We are extending library renewals and suspending all fines until mid-July. This will be reviewed at that time.

Please use our digital library to get a range of e-books, e-audio-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers.

 

Leisure centres

Camden’s leisure centres are managed by Better. Following Government guidance issued on Friday 20 March, all Better Leisure Centres and Better Gyms across the UK have temporarily closed. 

This includes: 

  • Kentish Town Sports Centre, 
  • Oasis Sports Centre, 
  • Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, 
  • Pancras Square Leisure 
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch

The following services have temporarily stopped operating: 

  • exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch – all children and adult drop-in, term-time and holiday sports programmes
  • sports outreach activities (Kilburn Grange) and Friday Night Project (FNP)
  • Camden Health Walks
  • community based Better 55+ Club activities (Peckwater Centre, Royal Free Recreation Club)

The health and wellbeing of staff and customers is paramount and we have a social responsibility to everyone in the community to take action to protect ourselves and others. Better will automatically apply a payment freeze for all members. This means that you will retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. 

If you are a Better member and would like further information or have any queries, please visit their dedicated page.

We are working closely with Better and local public health authorities and receiving official updates from the Government. Further updates based on this advice will be given when available.

Parks

Camden parks are currently open in line with government advice. We know parks are a lifeline for residents who need exercise and fresh air, they are vital for our physical and mental wellbeing.  

However, this is a critical situation and we are urging everyone to follow government guidelines. People should take only one form of exercise each day, keeping a 2 metre distance from others who do not live in your household. This is especially important in parks and may mean not using a park if it is busy. 

We have locked park playgrounds, sport equipment and other similar facilities in line with government guidance to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

This is a national emergency and we all need to change our behaviour to keep each other safe. Whilst we will do everything we can to keep parks open, we will closely monitor and update on this situation. If people do not follow government restrictions we may be forced to close parks. Please practise safe social distancing for yourself and others around you.   


Public toilets

We have closed our public toilet sites until further notice: 

  • Camden Town
  • Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Pond Square
  • South End Green
  • West End Lane 

Most Community Toilet Scheme locations are also now closed. 

We will continue to review government advice and will update residents when we can reopen council public toilet sites.

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