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Libraries in East London Libraries in east of London are not only for the worthy purpose of education but also for fun with books covering everything from aardvarks to Zygotes.

Most local libraries in the area will have access to millions of books as they link to others in the borough and nearby areas, so if the book you want is not on the premises you may still be able to get access to it from your library.

However books are not the only resource supplied by local libraries – tapes, CD’s, DVDs and access to computers and the Internet are all available from most libraries, while some also organise special coffee mornings, Rhyme Time and other activities for under 5’s, as well as reading groups and one off events.

Anyone can access a local library for reference only purposes, however if you want to take items away with you, you will need to be a member. Membership is usually restricted to residents of the area but is free.
As well as subject information local libraries are also great for information about the local area, including tourist information and events happening in the community.

Two of the main libraries in the area are Hackney Central Library [map] , which has information in a range of different languages and full wheelchair access, and Whitechapel Library [map], which has a children’s library service.

Mobile libraries are also used in some areas of east London so that people who find it difficult or inconvenient to get to a library can still have access to library items and information.

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Organisation: Hackney Central Library
Address: Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
London E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 8356 2542 /020 8356 2539 (renewals)
020 8356 4359 (Reference Library)
Web: www.hackney.gov.uk/libraries.htm
Opening Times: MON, TUES, THUR: 9:00am - 8:00pm, WED: 9:00am - 6:00pm, FRI: 10:00am - 8:00pm, SAT: 9:00am - 5:00pm, SUN: closed. Toy Library TUES: 10.30am - 12:00pm, Under 5's FRI: 11am - 12:00pm

Organisation: Whitechapel Library
Address: 77 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
Telephone: 020 7247 5272/0265
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue & Thu 9:00am - 8:00pm,
Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm

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