Hornsey Library Development Project


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.

The Grade II listed building in Crouch End will see internal improvements including new furniture and IT equipment, an improved children’s library section and a refurbished main entrance and main library, alongside essential internal and external maintenance work, roof repairs and a new heating system.

While delivering more modern facilities, the work will respect the architectural character and history of the original library, with minimum impact on the structure of the building. There are no plans for any new services to be introduced.

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

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October 2019 update

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’re working to deliver the best Hornsey Library for you.

You can view the plans below:

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March 2019 update

The Hornsey project has progressed and in the past few months we have:

  • Had a new gas fired boiler fitted
  • Had maintenance work carried out on some of the trees
  • Been out to tender for a contractor(s) for the scheme of refurbishment works
  • Worked hard with our conservation officers to ensure that the works are done in a way that preserves the integrity of this special and highly valued building

Read full details in the Hornsey Library March 2019 update document (PDF, 48KB).

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Find out more

The most recent designs are available to view by downloading the documents below:

  1. Entrance (PDF, 1MB),
  2. Main Library (PDF, 336KB)
  3. Internal Elevation Main (to follow)
  4. Book Wall (to follow)
  5. Main Hall (to follow)
  6. Ground Floor Plan (PDF, 9MB)
  7. Children's Library (PDF, 1MB)​
  8. Children's II (to follow)
  9. Plan First Floor (PDF, 8MB)
  10. Study Area and old Cafe (PDF, 465KB)​

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Page last updated:

December 2, 2019