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Elections on 2 May

Elections for the next Mayor of London and London Assembly members, as well as the by-election for Hillrise ward, will take place on Thursday 2 May. Make sure you're registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 16 April. You can also sign-up to our Voting and Elections bulletin to get reminders and resources to help you vote.

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South Library

Opening times for South Library:

  • Monday: 9.30am-8pm
  • Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday: 9.30am-8pm
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Sunday: closed 

You can find a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks, 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
  • 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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