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Dalston C.L.R. James Library

Dalston Square,
E8 3BQ
Telephone: 020 8356 2539 renewals line
020 8356 3000
Website: Dalston C.L.R James Library


Dalston C.L.R. James Library is the first new library to be built in Hackney for over 20 years.

Here you can:

  • borrow from a huge range of books for free
  • adult/children's Library
  • study materials, online reference sources
  • free community and education facilities
  • study spaces
  • rooms for hire
  • free Wi-Fi
  • quick pics area
  • read a wide range of newspapers and magazines
  • sci-fi reading group
  • film Club
  • adult reading group

Register with the library to use these services

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Sci-Fi reading group: third Thursday of every month, 6pm – 7.45pm
Film Club: First Thursday of every month, 5.30pm – 7.30pm (Free to join for all library members aged 16+, but some films may not be suitable for anyone aged below 18)
Adult reading group: Last Friday of every month, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Other Details


Fees apply for some services i.e. photocopying
printing etc

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service.

If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure; click here for more information.

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 242, 277

Train: Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland

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