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Hackney's libraries

Our libraries offer a wide range of free services for everyone. Library members can:

Apply for library membership

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

Apply now


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.

Terms and conditions and fees (PDF, 27KB)

Our libraries 

Events and activities

Access and join a wide range of reading groups for adults and children and enjoy our programme of events celebrating culture and learning throughout the year.

Community library service 

If you can't get to your local library due to temporary or permanent illness, frailty or special needs, our community library service can deliver library material to your home every four weeks or deposit collections of books to nurseries, day centres and residential units on a weekly basis for free.

Online information resources

As a member of Hackney libraries you can access for free a variety of online information resources including the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Oxford English Dictionary, Which? Online, (library edition) and the UK Citizenship and Driving Theory Tests.

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.

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

Rooms for hire for meetings and events

Please contact for all booking enquiries.

Clapton Library 

  • Meeting room. Capacity: 25 standing (without tables), 15 seated (with tables)

Dalston CLR James Library

Homerton Library 

  • Hall. Capacity: 100 seated or standing 
  • Piano room. Capacity 8 seated or standing

Shoreditch Library

Stamford Hill Library

  • Hall. Capacity: 60 seated or 80 standing

Stoke Newington Library 

  • Meeting room. Capacity: 25 seated or 25 standing
  • Gallery. Capacity: 130 standing or 60 seated 

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Page updated: 2 Jan 2016 

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Contact details

Hackney Libraries
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Opening Times
For renewals and information phone (020 8356 2539 - Renewals Line) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, or email:
Tel:020 8356 2539 (Renewals Line)

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