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 

Apply for library membership

Membership is free and anyone can join - you don't have to live in Hackney.

Apply for membership

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.

Our libraries

Events and activities - what's on in Hackney libraries

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.

Rio Tuesdays 

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, (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 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 for all booking enquiries.

Clapton Library 

  • meeting room - capacity: 25 standing (without tables), 15 seated (with tables)

Dalston CLR James Library

Homerton Library 

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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