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Hackney Central library

Hackney Central Library

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Membership is free and anyone can join - you do not have to be a Hackney resident.

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Once you have applied, go to any of our library branches with your confirmation number and ID to activate your membership. You can also join in person at any of our library branches.

What can I find at the library?

As well as adult fiction and non-fiction books the library offers:

  • Large print books and talking books
  • Children's library service
  • Foreign language books and audio-visual material
  • Parents' and carers' collection
  • DVDs, videos and music CDs
  • Language courses
  • Music scores
  • Self-service machines
  • Online information resources
  • Free computer access and basic computer coaching
  • Free Wi-Fi for library members
  • Printing facilities, photocopier and scanner
  • Reading area
  • Study area
  • The Health Spot, which provides high quality books, information and activities to promote health and wellbeing
  • Exhibition space
  • Teen Zone

What's on at Hackney Central Library


  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift

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Page updated: 28 Aug 2015 

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Contact details

Hackney Central Library
Hackney Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ
Opening Times
Mon to Thurs 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 5pm. Closed Sunday.
Tel:020 8356 3000 (020 8356 2539 Renewals Line)