Open access libraries go live on Tuesday 10 January

Over the past few months we have been installing open access technology at five Camden libraries. We will begin using this open access system from Tuesday 10 January. This means that you will need to use your library card and PIN number to enter the following libraries before 12 noon from Monday to Saturday:

  • Camden Town
  • Kentish Town
  • Kilburn
  • Queen's Crescent
  • West Hampstead

You will need to ask your librarian to register your library card before you can use the open access system. If you don’t know your PIN number, a member of library staff can give this to you providing you show proof of ID.

How to use the open access system

  • Place your card in the slot on the post outside the library door.
  • Enter your four digit PIN number (this can be found on your account).
  • The door will then open.
  • Please don’t hold the doors open and please don’t give your card to anyone else.

The system is designed to let us know who is in the building at any given time and for your safety and security during times when there are fewer staff members.

Off-peak hours

All Camden libraries (including those which do not use open access technology) now operate peak and off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are before 12 noon and after 6pm Monday to Friday. During off-peak hours there is a reduced number of staff available and you will need to use our self-service facilities.

Why is open access technology being introduced? 

Our funding from central Government has been significantly reduced. In order to keep all of our libraries open we have had to change the way some of our libraries operate. We are committed to keeping all of our libraries open and making them even better community spaces.

For more information on these changes to Camden libraries pick up a leaflet from your local library or visit