The role of libraries in the community is changing. Whilst they remain a depository of books, newspapers and periodicals, they have become more socially relevant and more attractive places to spend some time.
Our libraries have embraced the digital age. DVDs, audio books, music CDs, language courses, Playstation2 games are available on loan from selected libraries and all Enfield libraries provide free computer use and Internet access.
Enfield has an amazing digital resource, which can be accesised from anywhere, just by typing in your library membership details. Currently this resource is used by less than 10% of library users, but usage is growing and once people discover it they tend to return again.
You can join Enfield libraries online, search the catalogue and make online reservations. They will even send you an email reminder when your books are due back. Follow this link to find out how to join:
Enfield libraries provide access to a large number of subscription only databases. All you will be asked is to type your Enfield Library membership number to gain access to these services. .
Enfield is part of the London Libraries Consortium, which enables library cardholders to borrow books from other borough libraries, including Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Ealing, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Waltham Forest. The catalogue is searchable online using this link.
The Mobile Library visits this part of the borough on Mondays, at the following locations:
10am - 10.30am Highlands - Outside Blake Court (near Sainsburys)
10.45am - 11.15am Langham Gardens - Junction with The Grangeway
11.20am - 12pm Uplands Way - Outside Bumblebees Nursery
For more information on the Mobile Library Service telephone 020 8379 1723
Enfield also provides a Housebound and Special Library Services for people with mobility and sight problems. This includes large print books, audio books, Braille resources, computers and print magnifying machines.
The Cunneen Collection at Ordnance Road Library has books and British Sign Language (BSL) videos about deaf issues for adults and children. The address is 645 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 6ND Telephone: 020 8379 1725 / 1726
People with special needs are entitled to reduced library fees and charges.
If you, or someone you know has difficulty getting to a library and would like books (including taped books) posted to them, apply for the Home Library Service. Their telephone number is 01992 970211
The Information and Digital Citizenship Team can be contacted on 020 8379 2732 / 2733
Ridge Avenue Library