Re-opening of Library

We are pleased to announce that the library is open.

Our hours are:

Monday      11.00 – 13.00
Wednesday     13.00 – 15.00
Friday          11.00 – 13.00

Please note that we are opening for new book loans and returns of previous book loans only.

You will be expected on entry to:

  • Use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Observe social distancing.
  • Provide name and phone number to facilitate track & trace.

We are sorry but we will not be providing any other services; therefore there will be:

  • No Toilets
  • No Seating
  • No Computers
  • No Newspapers
  • No Photocopying, Printing or Scanning
  • No new library members will be taken on

We hope that if all goes well we will be able to expand the opening hours over the coming weeks and gradually restore some of the other services.

See recent new book additions here

Boy in Primrose Hill Library

Primrose Hill Community Library has fantastic stock of new and classic books for all ages (see below). Remember – it’s free to join!

Adult Books

Sarah Aharoni – The First Mrs Rothschild
Deidre Blair – Parisian Lives
Anne Cleeves – The Long Call
Martina Cole – No Mercy
Jeffery Deaver – The Never Game
David Downing – Diary of a Dead Man on Leave
Anne Enright – Actress
Hadley Freeman – House of Glass
Elizabeth Gilbert – City of Girls
Elly Griffiths – Now You See Them
John Grisham – The Guardians
Isabella Hammad – The Parisian
Peter James – The Secret Of Cold Hill
Marina Kemp – Nightingale
David Lagercrantz – The Girl Who Lived Twice
Eric Larson – The Splendid and the Vile
Deborah Levy – The Man Who Saw Everything
Gillian McAllister – How To Disappear
Peter May – Lockdown
Alex Michaelides – The Silent Patient
Santa Montefiore – The Secret Hours
Graham Moore – The Hold Out
A. Mukarjee – A Rising Man
Virginia Nicholson – How Was It For You?
Maggie O’Farrell – Hamnet
Max Porter – Lanny
Norah Roberts – Under Currents
Peter Robinson – Many Rivers To Cross
Hannah Rothschild – House of Trelawney
Philippe Sands – The Rat Line
Polly Samson – A Theatre For Dreamers
Elif Shafak – The Forty Rules of Love
Ali Smith – Spring Summer
Karen Swan – The Hidden Beach
Laon Talley – The Chiffon Trenches
Anne Tyler Redhead – By The Side Of The Road

Children’s books

Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks – What the Ladybird Heard At the Seaside
Emma Rea – My Name is River
David Walliams – The Beast of Buckingham Palace, Slime, World’s Worst Parents

Update On Library

6 July 2020

Dear Members,

It has been a while since you received anything from us, because, during lock-down, we didn’t have a lot to say.  I hope you and yours have all come through it unscathed and are keeping well and safe.

And now that the country is starting to open up again, we are waiting for Camden Council to announce when they are going to open their libraries again so we can follow suit. In view of this, we have been thinking about how best to do this, while keeping everybody safe.

So your library, when it opens, will look a little different and we will start with small steps: Only 2 hours 3 days a week (so 6 in total).  You will only be able to take books out (and bring them back, of course), there will be no seating and no use of computers and no use of loos.

We have been thinking about a click and collect system, but feel that some of our members will be excluded as they may not be able to access the library collection on-line. However, if you are really desperate for a book, give us a ring and we will see what we can do.

As I mentioned, when we open very much depends on when Camden libraries open and how we go on depends very much on how many of our volunteers will be willing and able to come and help, as many of them are elderly and vulnerable.

Based on this, it is unlikely we will open before the end of August/beginning of September, but we will be in touch more, keeping you informed of our plans.

Keep your fingers crossed that we will be able to open our doors soon,

The Library Team

Dear All,

We thought we would give you the latest in these fast-changing times.
As you all know, we closed as a library last Monday at 1 pm.

Will and Terry were still coming in and during the week all the events and courses were cancelled.

This week, Will and Terry have opted for working from home, which, considering the strong government advice, is the right thing to do. So the library is now completely closed for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, please let us know if you need help with anything and we will help in any way we can.

There are books, or at least there were on Friday afternoon, out in front of the library that you can take.

So for the rest, let’s all do our bit to keep ourselves and others safe and keep a safe distance.

We’ll get in touch again soon.
Book Arrivals for December

The following books have arrived for December…

  • Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
  • Raymond Chandler – The Big Sleep
  • Ann Cleves – The Long Call
  • Clive Cussler & Graham Brown – Sea of Greed
  • Samantha Downing – My Lovely Wife
  • Stacey Halls – The Familiars
  • Georgina Harding – Land of the Living
  • Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • M.R.James – Collected Ghost Stories
  • Peter James – Dead at First Sight
  • Caroline Lea – The Glass Woman
  • Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love
  • David Nicholls – Sweet Sorrow
  • Michelle Paver – Wakenhyrst
  • C.L.Taylor – Sleep
  • Dylan Thomas – A Child’s Christmas in Wales
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5
  • Eric Vuillard – The Order of the Day
  • P.G. Woodhouse – Joy in the Morning
  • John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
  • Travel guide to Budapest


  • William Feaver – The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth

Children’s Books

  • Michelle Magorian – Goodnight, Mr Tom (replacement for damaged book)
  • Pseudonymous Bosch – The Name of the Book is Secret (replacement for damaged book)
  • Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider Collection
  • Jacqueline Wilson – Dancing the Charleston (replacement for damaged book)
Crafts, Books & Cakes

Sunday 17 November, 11am to 5pm.

Pop by and enjoy some teas & cakes and mulled wine whilst browsing for books and crafts in the warmth of Primrose Hill Community Library.

This year will be the biggest book sale to date at our library, so come by if you are a book enthusiast and are looking for a bargain!