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Coronavirus – all libraries closed

We are sorry to advise that libraries in Hackney are closed until further notice. The Council does not feel that they can operate them safely within the Government guidelines on social distancing and other coronavirus control measures.

The Community Library Service will continue to operate based on the current Government guidance, and the Library Service will be exploring ways that it might be able to provide some form of service to other vulnerable residents over the coming months.

Residents who have any enquiries should contact:, or can renew books, CDs or DVDs online or by phone 020 8356 2539.  You can also access thousands of e-books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines for free through our digital library. Just use your Hackney libraries membership. Not a member? Join for free now. You don’t have to activate your new membership at a Hackney Library. You’ll be given a temporary membership number which will allow immediate access to Overdrive, BorrowBox, Ulverscroft Digital (ULPB), PressReader and RBdigital.

To help library users during this time, we are also suspending all library book fines. Also, the return date for all items currently out on loan will be extended to 30 April 2020.

Search, reserve and renew

If you’re a member of Hackney libraries, you can search the library catalogue, see your books on loan, and reserve items and renew or extend existing loans online. You’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Search the library catalogue

Use your Hackney library card to search and reserve items from our catalogue at no charge:

Search catalogue

There are over five million books, CDs, audio books, DVDs, and online directories. This is because our catalogue is combined with 12 other London boroughs. Local terms and conditions may vary in each borough.

Reserve or renew items online

Reserve or renew

You’ll need your library card number and PIN. If you need a new library card or want to know your PIN, visit your local library. We cannot tell you your PIN over the phone.

Renew by phone

Call 020 8356 2539, Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm. You will need your library card number. If you need a new library card, visit your local library.

Renew in person

You can renew items by visiting your local library – bring your library card.

Get reminders and updates by email

You can be notified when reserved items are available for collection or when items are about to become overdue so you can avoid fines. Request this service at your local library branch.

Page updated on: 27 January 2020

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  • See individual library pages for opening hours. Renewals and information tel Mon to Fri, 8am to 6pm