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Swiss Cottage Library

(Including Swiss Cottage Gallery Childrens Library and Rhyme Time and Baby Bounce)

Public library run by Camden Council. Collection includes books, talking books, CDs and DVDs, newspapers, periodicals, self-help leaflets, music scores, a special historical collection of philosophy and psychology books and a large reserve stock. Information about Council and other local services and organisations. Photocopier and neighbourhood noticeboard. Children's library with Rhyme Time session for under 4s Mon 10.30am-11am and Baby Bounce for children up to 18 months Fri 2.00-2.30pm in term time. Free internet access for library members and Free Wi-Fi for everyone.  There are a range of events running in the library, check LoveCamden for more details or in the library.

The Gallery managed by Camden Arts Services.

Cafe and wheelchair accessible toilets in the building. The library is on different levels and is extensive, lifts are wheelchair accessible and staff are on hand to assist if help is needed.

Camden Libraries and Learning Centres have many opportunities for private hire for a social occasion, meeting or event. Please contact the Camden Events team to discuss the options and available spaces within library opening hours and outside of opening hours  or call them 020 7974 5633.

Visually impaired information

The library has a large collection of talking books and large print fiction and non-fiction titles. As well as this, there is also a deaf collection on the second floor.

Digital services from your home

Camden library service offers a comprehensive eBook and eAudio service through a third party, Overdrive. As well as this, library members also have access to One Click Digital, another eAudio service. For e books there are options for enlarging text.

Accessibility on library PCs

The library has a dedicated PC for customers who are hard of hearing/seeing with specialist equipment attached and software such as Supernova which makes it possible for customers to change the sizing/display on the screen to fit their needs. As well as this, we also provide the software, ZoomText, on a number of computers, and have services such as Sign-translate, SignVideo and TexBox on the Camden Council website which can be accessed from the library or from home.

Contact details

Contact Name
020 7974 4444
Textphone/Minicom: 020 7974 5411
Alternative Contact
Pamela Butler, Jenny Harman, Raheel Mapara, Senior Officers


Avenue Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. From 4th September 2016 the library will be closed on Sundays.

Further details

Parent Body
Camden Council Supporting Communities Directorate.
Swiss Cottage Ward
Last checked date
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