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Islington Libraries, Services for Children and Young People

Islington has 10 libraries. Our aim is to encourage children and young people to enjoy reading and to support their learning through activities and events:

While services are currently restricted due to Covid-19. For activities and resources to use at home and online Visit our home learning website 

Other services currently suspended:

  • Baby Bounce rhyme times (0-18 months) at every library
  • Under 5s story times (1-4 years) at every library
  • Toy libraries at Mildmay, North and West Libraries
  • Annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11
  • Volunteering opportunities for 13-19 as Summer Reading Challenge Champions, helping children with their reading
  • Homework Clubs at all libraries
  • Coding clubs at Central, North and West Libraries
  • Annual Teen Read Vote for young people aged 11-18 to choose their favourite new book

Every library has at least one event during the three half-term holidays and at Easter and Christmas, and a programme of events during the summer holidays, including the Summer Reading Challenge. See downloads attached to this page for more information. All of our events are free and don't need to be booked in advance (except for some provided by external providers). Children and under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

Opening times for each of the 10 libraries vary. Go to the Libraries web page to see individual library details.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Geoff James, Manager, Library Services to Children and Young People
020 7527 6997
Islington Libraries


Central Library
2 Fieldway Crescent
N5 1PF

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Opening times for each of the 10 libraries vary. Go to the Libraries webpage see individual library details.

Other Details

Cost Details
Who is this service for?
Children and young people up to 16 years, parents, carers, teachers.
Can I refer myself?
Additional Languages
The Council provides interpreters on request. We provide books and other media in languages other than English.
Record updated: 27/05/2020