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 Libraries Consortium. This means that you can use libraries in more than 15 different local authorities.

Regular activities

We have regular activities for families and adults across our libraries.

For more information, visit Love Hackney – Dalston CLR James Library activities.

Dalston library of things

Dalston Library of Things is a place where you can borrow useful things for your home, projects and adventures.

See Dalston Library of Things.

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

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

For further information on how to book the Education Room at Dalston CLR James Library please contact the Room Bookings team at library.roombooking@hackney.gov.uk


Dalston Library education room

How to get here

Buses: 38, 56, 242, 277

London Overground: Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland

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Page updated on: 12 January 2024