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Library opening times

See the table below for a quick guide to our opening hours.

Following the government's roadmap out of lockdown, we are planning to reopen in stages, subject to the latest restrictions.

Starting 26 April: Browsing and choosing items.

You will be able to browse and choose items at all of our libraries. 

Opening hours have been amended for the time being: 

  Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri Sat
 Archway  11am-8pm       closed  11am-8pm       closed  11am-4pm       9.30am-5pm
 Cat and mouse       closed  11am-7pm       closed  11am-7pm       closed  11am-5pm
 Central  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  11am-8pm  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  9.30-5pm
 Finsbury  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  11am-4pm  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  9am-5pm
 Lewis Carroll  11am-7pm  closed  11am-7pm  closed  closed  11am-5pm
 Mildmay  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-5pm
 N4  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  11am-8pm  closed  11am-4pm  9.30am-5pm
 North  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-5pm
 South   11am-8pm  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-4pm  9.30am-5pm
 West  closed  11am-8pm  closed  11am-8pm  11am-4pm  9.30am-5pm

You will be able to use PCs and study spaces but these must be pre-booked. 

Library telephone numbers:

Local History will also be open for pre-booked appointments only. Please email

Currently there are no fines for items you have on loan that become overdue.

You can borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, online newspapers, magazines, comics and other resources for free on our library, arts and heritage webpages. 

You can join Islington libraries online or email

You can still enjoy our new free, fun family online rhyme and story times for under fives. Book your ticket with Eventbrite.

Keep up to date with our latest news by signing up for our e-bulletin.


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