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Hornsey Library

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Hornsey Library is currently closed.

Visit our COVID-19 Council Services page for the latest information on the library services available during the coronavirus pandemic.

Entrance of Hornsey Library

  • Haringey Park, London N8 9JA (see map)
  • Haringey Libraries Tel: 020 8489 4560
  • Telephone renewals Tel: 020 8489 4560 (option 1) or 0845 071 4343 (see call charges page)
  • Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am-7pm, Wednesday: 10am-7pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

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Hornsey Library Development Plan

Big changes are coming to Hornsey Library and while we are making them, some services will be affected.

We will be enhancing the historic fabric of the library through £3.7m of investment, making it bigger, better, more accessible and providing even more services for users and the local community. For more information, visit the Hornsey Library Development Project page and see our press release.

Work will begin on 11 November 2019 with an expected completion date of June 2020.

As the improvement works progress, we anticipate the following changes to our service:

  • From 11 to 25 November 2019:  
    • Preparation onsite for start of works
    • Some impact on accessing the stock for adults and children
    • Reservation services may be affected (speak to staff for clarification)
  • From 25 November to the end of April 2020:
    • The service will be temporarily provided by:
      • The relocation of adult library to the gallery and study room, this includes computer access.
      • The children’s library will be moved to the rear of the building.
    • Reserve stock material will be unavailable.
    • Due to the smaller space of the temporary library provision the number of books and computers will be reduced.
  • Throughout the renovation process:
    • Access to printing, photocopying or scanning will continue
    • Room booking facilities will be unavailable
    • There will be a reduced number of children's activities due to the smaller space
    • On rare occasions, the work may require the temporary closure of the library. We will try to avoid this wherever possible, but if it is necessary as a last resort, then all closures will be clearly communicated.

We love our libraries and we know you do too. We are working to deliver the best Hornsey Library for you.

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Inside the Library

  • Public Network PCs
  • Free WiFi
  • Printing facilities: Black & White, Colour
  • Photocopiers and Fax
  • Study space
  • Rooms for hire
  • Reserve Stock Library

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About Hornsey Library

Hornsey Library is a Grade II listed building and offers a variety of services and facilities. There are regular book readings by local, international and bestselling authors. Exhibitions of work by emerging artists can be seen in the Original Gallery. Permanent artwork includes the engraved Hornsey Window by Fred Mitchell, and a bronze sculpture by Huxley-Jones.

The Original Gallery and the Promenade Gallery The Original Gallery

The Original Gallery is Haringey Council’s premier commercial art gallery with exhibitions from established and emerging artists.

The Promenade Gallery offers an additional, highly visible commercial wall space, greeting visitors immediately at the first floor level.

Community and Youth Music Library (CYM)

The CYM is one of the UK's most important sources of sets of musical scores.

Available for use by schools and amateur music groups, the stock covers standard orchestral and choral classical repertoire and a wide selection of concert-band music. To access the catalogues just visit the CYM Library website (external link).

A national treasure, the CYM is one of largest collections of music sets in the country. Owned by a charitable company, it was started over 100 years ago and is now located semi-permanently at Hornsey Library.

  • The CYM is free to Haringey library users
  • Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am to 6pm
  • Visitors by prior arrangement
  • Tel: 020 3602 5214
  • Email: cymlibrary@gmail.com

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Representatives' Surgeries

The following councillors hold regular surgeries at the library (click the links for details):

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Library Catalogue (includes digital library)

You can connect to the Library Catalogue to search, request and renew loans or download from our Digital Library.

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How to get there and location

Nearest Tube Finsbury Park Station
Nearest Train Crouch Hill Station
Buses 41, 91, W3, W5, W7

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Hornsey Library
Haringey Park
N8 9JA
Standard opening hours: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am-7pm, Wednesday: 10am-7pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Page Last Updated:

23 July 2020

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