Hackney Central Library  

 
 
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1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
 
 
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Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: closed
 

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In the heart of Hackney, The Hackney Central Library offers a wide range of adult fiction and non-fiction books for loan, along with large print books and talking books, a children's library service, books and audio-visual material in community languages, DVDs, videos and music CDs and music scores. Regular events at the library include a newspaper reading group for adults with learning disabilities, the coffee, cake and reading group and boys only book club. There is also wheelchair access, a lift and adapted toile.

 

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Underground Stations

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Bethnal Green Tube Station
 
23 minutes walk
 
Hackney Wick Overground Station
 
26 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

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Homerton Overground Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Apartment > Apartment   from £111  26% off
Patriot Square, E2 | 18 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History
London > Attractions > Museums
11 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 | 13 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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V & A Museum of Childhood
London > Attractions > Museums
Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 22 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 24 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Sutton House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
2 & 4 Homerton High Street, E9 | 7 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Core Arts
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 St. Barnabas Terrace, E9 | 12 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Yinka Shonibare Space
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Street, Hackney, London E8 | 13 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Turner Shortlisted British artist Yinka Shonibare has bought this former office block, in need of some attention, and hardly changed a thing. While the artist decides ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 15th, 18th and 20th & 21st Oct 2017 - Various Times
Hackney Central Library, 291 Mare Street, E8 | 2 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Monday 16th October 2017 - 7pm
Hackney Central Library, 1A-1C Amhurst Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 17th October 2017 - 7.30pm
Hackney Central Library, 1A-1C Amhurst Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Hackney Picturehouse
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 | 1 minute from Hackney Central Library
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Netil House
London > Entertainment >
1-7 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 | 9 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Entertainment >
Unit 2, Star House, 3 Richmond Road, E8 | 15 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Arch 395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Shopping > Markets
Westgate Street, E8 | 9 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Shopping > Markets
East London, Hackney, London E8 | 11 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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251 Mare Street, E8 | 2 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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197-205 Richmond Road, E8 | 3 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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197 Richmond Road, E8 | 3 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Connexions Careers Centre
London > Education > Career Services
27B Dalston Lane, E8 | 15 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 22 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 28 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Martello Road, E8 | 4 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London Fields, Westside, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Dalston Lane, E8 | 15 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, E8 | 7 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Prince George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Parkholme Road, E8 | 10 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Amhurst Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Basement, 411 Mare Street, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Our/London
London > Nightlife > Bars
Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 13 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Shoreditch Town Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 31 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 36 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Concerts | On 16th October 2017 

The Vortex Jazz Club 18 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

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