Dalston CLR James Library

Opening times

The library is open from Tuesday to Friday 11.00-6.00 and Saturdays 11am to 5pm.

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?

As well as adult fiction and non-fiction books the library offers:

  • large print books and talking books
  • children’s library service
  • community language books and audio-visual material
  • DVDs and music CDs
  • language courses
  • self-service machines
  • access to a large range of online archives and resources
  • free computer access and basic computer coaching
  • free wi-fi
  • printing facilities, photocopier and scanner
  • reading area
  • study area
  • private study area
  • teen library
  • events
  • meeting room for hire
  • water bottle refill point

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.

Events and activities – what’s on in Hackney Libraries

Join a large range of events and activities for adults and children in Dalston CLR James library. We celebrate culture and learning throughout the year, with talks, creative writing clubs, activities for under 5s, reading groups, comic club, code club, ping pong for the over 50s and lots more.

Book a computer

You’ll need your library card number and PIN to book a computer. If you need a new library card or have forgotten your PIN, visit any one of our Hackney Libraries for help.

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

You can ask for more time if you need to.

Is there anyone who can help me use a computer and the internet?

Yes. We offer beginner’s sessions. You need to book in advance by asking a staff member in the library.

How much is printing and scanning?

  • black and white: 10p
  • colour: 50p

Hire a meeting room


Dalston Library education room

Hackney libraries have a range of meeting rooms available for hire. At Dalston CLR James library we have the education room.

Education room


  • 35 standing
  • 20 sitting

What can the room be used for?

  • meeting room
  • workshops
  • training
The room can not be used for
  • children’s parties
  • music events
  • ceremonies

Room features

  • natural light
  • blackout curtains
  • wifi (free with library membership card)
  • projector and connections (VGA, AV) and stereo audio
  • 10 power points
  • flip chart
Not available
  • paper and pens
  • microphone
  • technical support
  • additional equipment


  • wheelchair accessible
  • located on the second floor, accessible via a lift
  • toilets with disabled access

Kitchen facilities

  • small kitchenette
  • fridge


  • £20 per hour during library opening times
  • £15 per hour for projector hire

The room is available for hire outside of library opening times, however you will need to hire security staff. We can arrange this but hire costs can vary depending on time of day. Please contact us for further information.

If you’d like to book the education room or you’ve got any questions, please email library.roombooking@hackney.gov.uk

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How to get here

Buses: 38, 56, 242, 277

London Overground: Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland

Page updated on: 19 October 2020

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Dalston Square
E8 3BQ


Opening times

  • Closed until further notice