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:
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.
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Where to find us
115-117 Essex Rd
The library is on the corner of Essex Road and Cross Street.
Phone: 020 7527 7860
Library Manager: Marcia Ludlow
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)
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.
- Free public computers (9 available)
- Free internet and MS Office software access
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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
AccessAble Access Guide: South Library
Facilities and access information for people with disabilities
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