Before you visit Hackney Archives

We’re located on the second floor of Dalston CLR James Library, served by public lift. An accessible toilet is also located on this floor. Adjustable tables are available in the archives search room for wheelchair users.

Our unique collections are stored in a secure environment and must be ordered in advance. Please contact us before 4pm the day before your visit, or up to a week in advance.

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Open access collections

Some reference collections are on open access including: Ordnance Survey maps, electoral registers (from 1965 to 2014), newspapers and microfilm collection and general books where no appointment is necessary. Find out more about our collections.

Useful things to bring

  • pencils and paper – pens and highlighters are not allowed, as they can accidentally damage the unique and fragile collections. Laptops are allowed and plugs are available on most tables
  • ID and proof of address – when requesting unique archives from store you will be required to register. Please bring proof of ID (debit card) and home address (bill) for registration. This is only required on the first visit
  • cash – food and drink are not allowed. However, the library has a café on the ground floor. We also have a small shop selling publications and maps; having change is very helpful. We can accept card payments for purchases over £5
  • camera – a photocopier is available to use. However, some items are either too large or fragile to be placed on it. Having your own camera may be useful. A day camera license can be purchased for £8

Getting here

We’re 5 minutes from Dalston Junction Overground station or a short walk from Dalston Kingsland Overground station and are well served by local buses. Visit TfL to plan your route.

If you have a disabled badge you may park at the rear of the library on Beechwood Road, where there are also a number of pay and display parking spaces. You can park bicycles on Dalston Square, at the front of the library.

Page updated on: 15 October 2019

Hackney Archives


Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ


Opening times

  • Tue to Wed 10am - 6pm
  • Thur 10am - 7.30pm
  • Sat 12:30pm - 5pm
  • Closed Mon, Fri and Sun