Idea Store

We are currently in a new national lockdown. Due to lockdown restrictions we have changed some of our services as follows:

Idea Store BowIdea Store Canary WharfIdea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel are currently open

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday Midday - 4pm

Idea Stores combine the best of library and information services with first class lifelong learning opportunities in comfortable and friendly surroundings. An Idea Store is an ideal place to browse and borrow books, read a newspaper or magazine, learn new skills, surf the net or to relax and meet friends over a coffee in a fun and stimulating environment.

How do I become a member?
Joining your local Idea Store or library is easy and FREE. Just visit one of our Idea Stores or libraries and complete the application form for membership. You will need to provide proof of your name and address - this could be a driving licence, a medical card, a utility bill or any official communication that you have recently received. There is no minimum age to join your local Idea Store or library. Membership is open to anyone who has a permanent address.

Membership benefits include; free audiobook, eBook, magazine and music downloads as well as 24 Hour access to a range of online courses and servies.

Your local Idea Stores and libraries: 
Idea Store Bow 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, Bow, London, E3 5ES 
Idea Store Canary Wharf Churchill Place, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 5RB 
Idea Store Chrisp Street 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, London, E14 6BT
Idea Store Watney Market 260 Commercial Road, E1 2FB
Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green, London, E1 1BU 
Bethnal Green Library Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0HL 
Cubitt Town Library Strattondale Street, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3HG

Further Information
For more information about Idea Store services or to send comments or feedback, visit our website or email us at