Islington Council announces next phase of library reopening

Islington Council is pleased to announce that from Tuesday, 1 September, more library buildings will be open to residents for browsing and choosing books. More study spaces and access to computers will also be available, although visitor numbers will be limited.  

The following libraries will be open Monday – Friday 11-4pm and Saturday 11-5pm from Tuesday, 1 September:

Archway Library  020 7527 7823
Central Library 020 7527 6953  
Finsbury Library 020 7527 7965 
N4 Library 020 7527 7801
West Library 020 7527 7921  
Local History Centre by appointment only 020 7527 7988  


We will also continue to offer Click, Call and Collect and you can reserve a book/DVD or CD online or on the phone and collect from Central, Finsbury, Archway, N4 or West Libraries. CDs and DVDs can be borrowed for free.  To search for items go to https://www.islington.gov.uk/libraries-arts-and-heritage/libraries/find-reserve-renew or call us on the numbers above.  

There will be some changes to how the libraries work to ensure social distancing. Here is how we will be keeping you safe:

  • We will ask visitors to wear a face covering if you come inside the library, to protect staff and other users.
  • There will be socially distanced queuing systems in place at all times
  • All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours
  • We will limit access to buildings once we reopen them and will ask you to follow social distancing guidelines when visiting
  • Visitors will be asked to sanitise their hands when entering the library
  • If you are using a pre-booked PC or study space you will be asked to sanitise your hands before use
  • We will clean all PCs between customers
  • We will ask for your name and contact details to assist with Test and Trace


Please call the numbers above to book a PC or study space.  

Media contact information

If you are a member of the media and would like more information please contact:

Islington Council media team – media@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2307.  Out of hours: 07769 163303

If you are a member of the public with a general question about the council please contact:

Contact Islington – www.islington.gov.uk/contact-us or 020 7527 2000