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South Library

Following the lifting of government restrictions, this library is now open with temporarily revised opening hours.

You will be able to browse and choose items, as well as use PCs and study space.

Access times will be:

Monday: 11am-8pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-8pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday: 9.30am-5pm

A limited number of public PCs will be available and can be pre-booked.


Visitors will be encouraged to wear a face covering, sanitise hands and follow social distancing. 


You can find a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, Newspapers and Magazines online, free to Islington Library members, on our Libraries, heritage and arts webpages.


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

Where to find us

115-117 Essex Rd 
N1 2SL

The library is on the corner of Essex Road and Cross Street.

Contact us

Phone: 020 7527 7860


Library Manager: Marcia Ludlow 

Public transport

Buses: 38, 56, 73, 341, 476

Tube: Highbury & Islington (Victoria line)

Trains: Essex Road (Great Northern Trains); Highbury & Islington (Great Northern Trains and London Overground)

Disabled access

There are three steps at the front entrance, which gives access to the Adult Library, then three more inside for access to the Children's Library and Reading Room. Our AccessAble profile features a guide to facilities and access for disabled people.

Join Islington Libraries by completing our online form.


  • Free public computers (9 available)
  • Free internet and MS Office software access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Photocopier
  • Printing from library computers and scan to USB available
  • Very limited study space
  • 121 basic ICT sessions – help with getting online and setting up emails for job search, UC, Freedom pass etc
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