Our libraries offer a wide range of free services for everyone. Library members can:
- borrow books, talking books, DVDs, CDs and language courses
- book and use a computer at any Hackney library for free
- access free Wi-Fi
- check your library account and renew your items online
- download e-books, audiobooks and magazines free of charge
- use your library card to search and reserve items from our online catalogue
- gain access to books, information and activities that promote health and wellbeing
Christmas opening times
- Saturday 24 December: all libraries open until 1pm
- Sunday 25 - Tuesday 27 December: closed
- Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 December: closed except Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James open 10am-5pm
- Saturday 31 December: closed except Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James open 10am-1pm
- Sunday 1 - Monday 2 January: closed
- Tuesday 3 January - all libraries open as normal
Apply for library membership
Membership is free and anyone can join - you don't have to live in Hackney.
Once you've applied, visit 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.
- search catalogue
- find your nearest library
- renew books, CDs and DVDs
- suggest stock
- terms, conditions and fees [pdf, 335.42Kb]
Events and activities - what's on in Hackney libraries
Hackney library users pay just £4 when they show their library card at the Rio Cinema. Children only pay £3. The deal is valid every Tuesday on any film, at any time.
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, Ancestry.com (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.
You can also book by phone or in person, by using the booking kiosk in the library.
How long can I use a computer for?
Adults: 2 hours, children: 1 hour. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all booking enquiries.
- meeting room - capacity: 25 standing (without tables), 15 seated (with tables)
Dalston CLR James Library
- meeting/education room - capacity: 35 standing (without tables) or 20 seated (with tables)
- meeting space - capacity: 25 seated or 35 standing
- small meeting room - capacity: 12. If the room is partitioned, 4 per room
- IT suite - capacity: 11 (10 + 1 trainer)
Stamford Hill Library
- hall - capacity: 60 seated or 80 standing