Dalston CLR James Library

Join the library

Membership is free and anyone can join – you don’t have to live in Hackney. You can join in person – at any of our Hackney branches – or online here:

Join library

If you join here, you’ll be given a confirmation number to take to the library to activate your membership.

You’ll also need to take ID with your address on it, such as a driving licence or a utility bill from the last three months.

If you’re under 16 you’ll need signed permission from a parent or guardian.

Once your membership’s activated, you’ll be given a library card and can start using any library within the London Libraries Consortium. This means that you can use libraries in more than 15 different local authorities

Renew your books, CDs or DVDs

If you’re already a member, you can renew and reserve books, CDs and DVDs in person at any of our library branches or here:

Renew books, CDs and DVDs

What can I find at the library?

We’re currently unable to offer our full range of services due to covid-19 restrictions.

Free online archives and resources

Dalston CLR James library provides access to a huge and varied range of online archives and resources.

From ancestry, music and fashion, to biblical studies, architecture and mathematics and more, you can access a wealth of  information, including driving theory practice tests, for free.

Meeting rooms

None of our meeting rooms are available to hire at the moment.


Dalston Library education room

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How to get here

Buses: 38, 56, 242, 277

London Overground: Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland

Page updated on: 4 October 2021

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