A treasure house of literature and ideas

The Library has some 25,000 books, which are constantly updated.  There is a strong emphasis on biography, literature, history and general fiction, and we also have a very popular crime fiction section.  Many of our books are not available in other libraries, and the collection has often proved to be a useful resource for researchers and writers.

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We have a comprehensive reference section and an excellent children’s library with books for all ages.

Members may borrow up to six books at a time.

The Coleridge Room holds our special collections

  • on London in general and on Highgate, Hampstead and Islington in particular
  • on eminent local authors Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Betjeman

This room may be used by members for study and research: please telephone us if you would like to check when it is available.

Members can request book renewals or reserve books in person, by telephone or by e-mailing the librarian at




The Library is open:

Tuesday – Friday     10.00-5.00
Saturday                   10.00-4.00
Tuesday evenings before lectures 7.30-8.00

To renew books:

Tel. 020 8340 3343 Option 2

For enquiries or to speak to the Librarian:

Tel. 020 8340 3343 Option 3