1Black History Month

Check out the tremendous events we’ve got celebrating Black History Month 2018. Click here for a full listing.

Libraries Week


6This year’s Libraries Week focuses on wellbeing. Libraries across Islington are bringing communities together to combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity, and support people with their mental health.  Click here or go to #librariesweek


What’s On at 245 St. John Street

RaidsRations+Rifles-30 Oct245 St. John Street is home to Finsbury Library, Islington Local History Centre, Islington Museum, Islington Computer Skills Centre and St John Street Area Housing Office. Discover the exciting and fascinating range of events and activities going on there for all ages this month. Click here to get the latest monthly listing.

ArchWay With Words

AWWW logoArchWay With Words is a festival of the best speakers in the arts, humanities and sciences. Click here to see this year’s events taking place in the Archway Library

Fun Palaces

FunPalacesFun Palaces is a weekend of free cultural activities at the heart of communities for all ages. We have teamed up with partners Universal Board Games and Arsenal in the Community to celebrate. For more information visit . To see our programme of events click here.

Votes for Women – vote for your favourite book written by a woman!

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To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Women’s Universal Suffrage we are looking for your favourite book written by a woman. To vote pop into your nearest Islington library and pick up a voting slip or email your nomination (author and title) to:

You can vote for adult and children’s books as well as fiction and non-fiction. Vote closes 9 October 2018. Two prize winners will be drawn and each will win the Top 10 books as voted by YOU!


 School Holiday Events for Children3

Every school holiday, all of our libraries have at least one event for local families to enjoy. All of our events are free. Click here for more info about the next holiday programme (If the programme shown has passed, this just means the next programme has not yet been finalised). You can also find our events listed on Hoop or through the Hoop app

To ensure places are allocated fairly and events are enjoyed safely, please take a look here to view important information about attending our events.


Regular Events and Activities for Children and Young People

As well as our holiday events and one-off events, we also have loads of things going on for children and young people, such as a Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge, Teen Read Vote, Lego Clubs, STEM Club, baby bounce rhyme times, under 5s story times (including a Saturday one designed for dads and a special one for childminders), toy libraries, homework clubs, colouring clubs, chess club, teen reading group. Further details of these can be found elsewhere on this site.

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Download our Autism booklist autism 2017.

Download our 100 comics book list put together by Gosh! Comics

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Download our LGBT book list put together by Gays the Word.

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Download the programme for Banned Books week and the book list for Young Adults.

Banned Books Week 2017

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Ten Children’s and Teen Books for International Women’s Day