Library locations and opening hours

Please note: The libraries will be closed for the bank holidays on Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May.

Holloway Road and Aldgate libraries


Term time opening

Monday to Friday 8am* to 11.30pm

Library staff available: 9am to 7pm

Library chat and email support: 10am to 6pm

*Aldgate Library opens at 9am


Weekend opening (term time)

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6.30pm

Library staff available: 12pm to 4pm

Library chat and email support: 12.30pm to 3.30pm



Summer vacation opening

Saturday 1 June to Sunday 22 September 2024


Monday 3 June to Sunday 1 September

Monday to Friday:

8am* to 9pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

*Aldgate Library opens at 9am


Monday 2 September to Sunday 22 September

Monday to Friday:

8am* to 11.30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

*Aldgate Library opens at 9am


Library staff available:

Holloway Library: Monday and Wednesdays 9am to 7pm

Aldgate Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am - 7pm

Both libraries: Fridays 9am - 5pm


Library chat and email support

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 6pm

Fridays: 10am to 4pm

For Library related support, please use library chat or email during hours shown above for weekdays and weekends.

For basic library support outside of these hours, please use the ITS online portal for chat or phone 020 7133 4444 outside of core hours.

This shared Library and ITS out of hours support is an external service provided by Norman Managed Services (University of Northumbria at Newcastle).


For IT-related issues, IT TechSmart staff will be available in both libraries, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or please use their help page to log a job or chat with them online. 


The Special Collections Reading Room (Wash Houses, Aldgate)

Tuesdays 10am to 5pm

Thursdays 10am to 5pm (from 11 January 2024)

Fridays 10am to 5pm


For enquiries that relate specifically to Special Collections please email:

Aldgate Library

Calcutta House

Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

Room: Access is on the ground floor

The library is on the ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors in Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT 
Access is on the ground floor. 

  • Nearest mainline railway station: Liverpool Street. 
  • Nearest underground (Tube): Aldgate (Metropolitan/Circle), Aldgate East (District/Hammersmith & City). 
  • Parking Details: No parking available, NCP within walking distance.

Holloway Road Library

Learning Centre

236–250 Holloway Road
London N7 6PP

Room: 236-250 Holloway Road

236-250 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PP 

Nearest underground (Tube): Holloway Rd (Piccadilly Line). 
Nearest Bus(es): 43, 153, 271 and 393 stop outside. Routes 29 and 253 cross Holloway Rd at Seven Sisters Road. 
Parking Details: Parking is very restricted, expensive and heavily policed.

Special Collections including TUC Library

Goulston Street

16 Goulston Street
London E1 7TP

c/o Calcutta House
Old Castle Street
E1 7NT

Nearest underground (Tube): Aldgate East (Circle and Hammersmith & City) and Aldgate (Metropolitan)
Nearest Bus(es): 415, 25, 67, 115, 205, 254
Parking Details: Parking is very restricted.


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