Hackney Central Library  

 
 
ADDRESS
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

Underground Stations

 
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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Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £111  21% off
Patriot Square, E2 | 18 minutes from Hackney Central Library
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More
 
 
 
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335-337 Old Street, EC1V | 30 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 31 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
Viktor Wynd launched his Little Shop of Horrors in 2009 and in 2014 it re-opened as a museum of rare and priceless marvels of the natural ... More
 
 
 
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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
The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, and toys. Collections showcase all aspects of childhood, from ... More
 
 
 
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Geffrye Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
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
The royal connections of this rare, red-brick Tudor manor house reach back to Henry VIII whose Principal Secretary of State, Sir Ralph Sadler, built Sutton House ... More
 
 
 
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Core Arts
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 St. Barnabas Terrace, E9 | 12 minutes from Hackney Central Library
With over 23 years of experience providing mental health creative day care, Core Arts is a registered charity that promotes the artistic and creative abilities of ... More
 
 
 
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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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Cinderella at Hackney Empire
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th November - 31st December 2017
Hackney Central Library, 291 Mare Street, E8 | 2 minutes from Hackney Central Library
This Christmas, Harlem meets Hackney in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella.West End performer Aisha Jawando (most recently seen as Martha Reeves inMotown the ...More
 
 
 
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Cinderella
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th November to 31st December 2017 - Various Times
Hackney Central Library, 291 Mare Street, E8 | 2 minutes from Hackney Central Library
The classic rags-to-riches tale is told in true Hackney style by our award-winning pantomime team as they prove a new pair of shoes really can change ...More
 
 
 
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Father Christmas And The Twelve Days Of Christmas Experience
London > Events > Tours  Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017 - 11.45am-4.30pm
Hackney Central Library, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, E9 | 7 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
Picturehouse Cinemas, who run the popular Greenwich Picturehouse and Clapham Picturehouse opened the Hackney Picturehouse on Mare Street in October 2011 which features the biggest ... More
 
 
 
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Netil House
London > Entertainment >
1-7 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 | 9 minutes from Hackney Central Library
A stone's throw from London Fields, Netil House is home to 94 creative studios, a market, gallery and Netil360, a rooftop space with wonderful 360-degree views ... More
 
 
 
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Dalston Department Store
London > Entertainment >
Unit 2, Star House, 3 Richmond Road, E8 | 15 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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E5 Bakehouse
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Arch 395 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Ben Mackinnon brings the art of sourdough baking to Hackney through his E5 Bakehouse located in a spruced up railway arch near London Fields in East ... More
 
 
 
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Netil Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Westgate Street, E8 | 9 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Next door to Netil House, Netil Market is home to a permanent community of independent businesses operating every day of ... More
 
 
 
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Broadway Market
London > Shopping > Markets
East London, Hackney, London E8 | 11 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Tre Viet
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
251 Mare Street, E8 | 2 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Lardo
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
197-205 Richmond Road, E8 | 3 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Rawduck
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
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
Connexions is a countrywide information and advisory service for 13-19 year olds and people with special learning needs or disabilities under 25. They offer an array ... More
 
 
 
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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 22 minutes from Hackney Central Library
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
 
 
 
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 28 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Learn some crafty manouveurs at Making Space where classes on mask making, glass engraving, pyrography (burning patterns into wood or leather), chainmail knitting, and book hollowing ... More
 
 
 
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London Fields
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Martello Road, E8 | 4 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Located in a bustling, regenerated area of east London, London Fields park has been transformed from a neglected area of common ground into a thriving rich ... More
 
 
 
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London Fields Lido
London > Leisure > Activities
London Fields, Westside, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
London's only Olympic sized heated outdoor swimming pool, the luxurious London Fields Lido was re-opened amid much excitement in October 2006 after almost 20 years of ... More
 
 
 
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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Dalston Lane, E8 | 15 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Pub on the Park
London > Nightlife > Pubs
19 Martello Street, Hackney, E8 | 4 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Perched overlooking London Fields the Pub on the Park is is one of the finest pubs in the East to spend a summer's day. Outside there's ... More
 
 
 
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The Vincent
London > Nightlife > Pubs
2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, E8 | 7 minutes from Hackney Central Library
After transforming The Sebright Arms on Hackney Road from boarded-up pub into an East End institution, the team have now set their sights on ... More
 
 
 
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Prince George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Parkholme Road, E8 | 10 minutes from Hackney Central Library
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Hackney Central
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Amhurst Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Hackney’s freshest venue is a converted railway station with a plush bar / restaurant on the ground floor and a nightclub upstairs. The kitchen serves excellent ... More
 
 
 
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Behind This Wall
London > Nightlife > Bars
Basement, 411 Mare Street, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Putting a different spin on hipster minimalism, Behind This Wall replaces Edison bulbs and copper touches with white walls and wooden stalls. ... More
 
 
 
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Our/London
London > Nightlife > Bars
Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Road, E8 | 5 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Located in two adjoining arches underneath Hackney Downs train station, Our/London is a micro-distillery producing ... More
 
 
 
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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
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
Site of the legendary Whirly Gig parties in the nineties, Shoreditch Town Hall lends itself well to any type of gathering. Re-opened in 2005, following a ... More
 
 
 
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 36 minutes from Hackney Central Library
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
 
 
 
 

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Cinderella
Theatre | Until 31st December 2017 

Hackney Empire 2 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

The classic rags-to-riches tale is told in true Hackney style by our award-winning pantomime team as they prove a new ...More

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Theatre | Until 31st December 2017 

Hackney Empire 2 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

This Christmas, Harlem meets Hackney in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella.West End performer Aisha Jawando (most recently ...More

 
Father Christmas And The Twelve Days Of Christmas Experience
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Sutton House 7 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

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Concerts | On 17th December 2017 

Cafe OTO 16 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

Five highly physical musicians come together to explore their group dynamics in memory of Johannes Bauer. The artists are: Isabelle ...More

Dalston Roof Park Winter Season
Dalston Roof Park Winter Season
Seasonal | Until 28th April 2018 

Dalston Roof Park 16 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

The neighbourhood's first winter rooftop, Dalston Roof Park is open to public on select dates throughout winter. Every Wednesday the ...More

 
Blatantly Blunt 10th Anniversary Hip Hop & Grime Party
Concerts | Until 17th December 2017 

The Junction Rooms 16 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

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Shacklewell Arms 16 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

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Pop-Up Screens Cinema in the Snow
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Seasonal | Until 24th December 2017 

Hackney Showroom 17 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

Pop Up Screens returns to the Hackney Showroom for a winter residency this year, transforming the former print works into ...More

 
London Jazz Sessions
Concerts | On 17th December 2017 

The Vortex Jazz Club 18 minutes walk from Hackney Central Library

A selection of jazz musicians play together, curated by guitarist Hannes Riepler....More

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