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Hackney Central library

Hackney Central Library

Apply for membership

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:

Book a computer

You need your library card number and PIN to access the booking system. If you need a new library card or have forgotten your PIN, visit one of our libraries.

Book a computer


You can also book by phone or in person, by using the booking kiosk in the library.

Please note: the public computers and study space will be unavailable from 2pm until 8pm on Thursday, 17 September.

How long can I access a computer for?

Adult: 1 hour, child: 30 mins. Additional time is available on request.

New to computers and the internet?

Basic familiarisation sessions are available. Advance booking is required, please ask staff.

What is the cost for printing and scanning?

Black and white = 10p, colour = 50p

What's on at Hackney Central Library


  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift

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Page updated: 28 Sep 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)