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Joining is free

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.

Complete the registration form online
On completion of the online registration form, you will be allocated a temporary library card number. You are then required to pick up your new library card at your local Idea Store or library. Don't forget to bring along proof of your name and address. When you pick up your card, you will be asked to read our Rules and Regulations, before signing – the signing of your card means that you are accepting our Rules and Regulations.

Idea Store Family Membership Form [ PDF] [355.78KB] [2 pages]

Idea Store Membership Form Ages 0 - 15 years [PDF] [ 355.32KB] [2 pages] 


You can borrow up to 12 items as soon as you join and enjoy free access to the Internet.

Search the catalogue 

Renew your items online or by calling the 24 Hour Telephone Renewals Line [charged at a UK local call rate] 0333 370 4700.

View the list of library charges.

Book a Computer in your local Idea Store

Download a copy of Tower Hamlets' rules and regulations.

View the Tower Hamlets Libraries Byelaws

If you have a library card from another London borough

Idea Store is a member of the London Libraries Consortium. If you already have a library card from one of the London boroughs listed below, you can use it to borrow items from Idea Store. You are not required to take out additional Idea Store library membership:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hackney
  • Harrow
  • Havering
  • Kingston
  • Lewisham
  • Luton
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Sutton
  • Waltham Forest

Membership Benefits

With your Idea Store card you can use an exciting range of online services:

24 Hour library

Idea Store Business

Idea Store eLibrary

Idea Store Music Download Service

Idea Store Online Magazine Service

Idea Store Online Courses

Rich Mix Film for a Fiver
Exclusive to Idea Store members; see a film for £5 every Monday and Tuesday at Rich Mix.

Visit the Tower of London for £1
If you are a resident of Tower Hamlets you can visit the Tower of London for just £1. To take advantage of this special offer all you need to do is take along your Idea Store card along with your proof of name and address e.g. a utility bill or bank statement. Then you can explore all the delights the Tower of London has to offer for just one pound.