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Library news and activities

Welcome back to our libraries

Haringey Libraries are ready to welcome more customers back to our much-loved libraries as we increase our opening hours and services.

All of our libraries will stay open later so visitors can:

  • browse at their leisure
  • use computers for a maximum of 2 hours (without needing to book)
  • access our free WiFi and study desks
  • safely enjoy the spaces

Bookable meeting rooms and free family activities such as the popular Rhyme and Story times have made a comeback. We will add more info as it becomes available.

Find out more about our current COVID-19 safety measures.

Check out what we have going on, as well as some useful links to some fun activities for you and your young ones.

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What's On in Libraries

You can search our events and activities using the event search on the activities and events page.

Make sure to follow us on social media to receive details of forthcoming events and news about books and authors.

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    Logo of Reading Well campaignReading Well

    Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

    The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.

    Many of the Reading Well titles are available to borrow as ebooks (external link) and e-audiobooks (external link). Find out how to join the library and access books digitally.

    Reading Well Booklist(External link)


    Rhyme Time Returns

    Haringey Libraries hugely popular Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions are back!

    Librarian Andrew Bence reports from a typically lively sing-along at Hornsey Library. Parents and carers tell him why they love these events, we hear familiar songs being sung just as they have for generations, and Andrew explains how you can find out more about sessions happening at a library near you.

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

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    Reading Ahead

    We are delighted to partner with the Reading Agency and bring #ReadingAhead to Haringey Libraries.

    Reading Ahead is a reading challenge for young people and adults delivered by libraries and learning settings that asks participants to choose 6 reads. These can be books, magazines, recipes, letters - anything!

    Challenge yourself to read and review 6 books that give you pleasure.

    Start Your Reading Journey Today! (external link)

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    Speaking Stones

    A librarian, called Andrew Bence, whom users of Stroud Green Library and our other libraries may know, perhaps even like, channels the character of proud Victorian do-gooder Councillor Henry Burt to recall the story of how, over more than a century, our much-loved Stroud Green and Harringay Library has steadfastly served its community.

    Speaking Stones is an online project consisting of a series of videos celebrating cultural buildings, objects and street art in ‘Harringay and Beyond’. Take a look at a video on the history of Stroud Green Library by Speaking Stones:

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


    During Hornsey Library's recent refurbishment, Reclining Figure in Bronze by Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones could only be distantly glimpsed through a gap in the fence, waiting for the day when she returned to glory in the newly developed building.

    But all the while she was waiting, she carried on dreaming...

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

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    Page last updated:

    January 5, 2022