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Dalston CLR James 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:

The library cafe is now closed for refurbishment. It will open again in January 2016 under new management.

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

What's on at Dalston Library

Find out what's on

Rooms for hire for meetings and events

Please contact for all booking enquiries.

Meeting/education room

  • Capacity: 35 standing (without tables) or 20 sitting (with tables)
  • The room is on the second floor of the library. It has lino flooring, blackout curtains and a small kitchenette.
  • Kitchen facilities/appliances: Fridge, kettle, sink (hot & cold water).
  • Projector/ connections (VGA, AV) and stereo audio
  • Free public Wi-Fi with library membership card.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your equipment is compatible and you are familiar with the operation of the equipment as no technical support or equipment is provided by the library service or staff on site.
  • No additional services or equipment available other than those listed.


  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift to the first floor
  • Toilets with disabled access
  • Parking for blue badge holders nearby

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Page updated: 15 Dec 2015 

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Contact details

Dalston C.L.R. James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Opening Times

Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm.
Tel:020 8356 3000 (020 8356 2539 Renewals Line)

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