Belsize Community Library

Welcome to Belsize Community Library

The Library is open to the public from 10:00 - 18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We provide space for events and take bookings outside these hours and on all other days of the week.

Weekly Activities

Unless stated, our activities are free but we welcome donations towards the running of our library.


11:00 am Somali Rhyme Time - for parents with their under 5s

12:00 pm Knit & Natter - open to all who enjoy knitting/crochet

4:00 pm Little Artists Club -  fun with arts and crafts


11:00 am English Rhyme Time - for parents with their under 5s

1:00 pm English Conversation Class - all ages welcome

4.00 pm Chess & Board Games - for ages 8+


10:15 am French Rhyme Time - for parents and their under 5s

1:15 pm Over 60s Computer Class - open for all over 60

4:00 pm Story Time - for parents and children of all ages

4:30 pm Creative Reading and Writing - for 4 - 7 year olds

Thursday (a non-library day):

10:00 am Connecting Parents - a local hub run by parents and carers to share information and make new friends through activities and workshops.

7:00 pm (2nd & 4th Fridays of the month) Open Mic - a live music and poetry event. Performers sign-up from 6:30 pm. Performances start at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm. For all the family. £3 donation.

7:30 pm (Third Thursday of the month) Author Events - Monthly talks organised by the Friends of Belsize Community Library. £3 donation. For more info please visit their website.

We rely on volunteers to run our library, if you would like to join the team please pop by to speak to the library manager.

How to Become a Member and Borrow Books/DVDs

To borrow books and other resources or use the computers, you will need to become a Belsize Community Library Member. To do this please complete and return the Member Application Form, which can be downloaded here, and bring a proof of address into the library. When you have your Member Number you will be able to access the Belsize Community Library catalogue, reserve and renew items, which you can do online here.

As we are an independent community library, Camden Library cards cannot be accepted. Camden Library cards only work in libraries connected to Camden’s network.  The nearest Camden network libraries are Swiss Cottage Library and Queen’s Crescent Library.

For more information on current events, please ring us on 0207 586 6746, email us or look at Facebook, Twitter  or Instagram.

If you want to contact the Friends of Belsize Library, an independent group who we work with, click here or email

Hire the library for your party or event

Join parents, local groups or businesses who need space for their parties and activities. If you would like to book the library outside our main opening hours, please click here for further information.

If you would like to make a monthly donation to support the library by donating to The Winch please use this form: regular donations.  Alternatively you can make a one-off donation direct to the library by leaving a comment when completing this form: single donations.