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Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel are open the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
  • Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday 11am – 3pm


Cubitt Town Library and Bethnal Green Library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 10am – 8pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Idea Store Watney Market is currently closed and is being used by the NHS as a vaccination centre.

keeping safe

We are aiming to resume normal services, this will be done over the coming weeks in phased stages.
Currently all staff will be wearing face coverings and we encourage customers to wear them too. Where social distancing is not possible to carry out transactions with staff you will be required to wear a face covering.
What you can expect:

PLEASE NOTE: Printing from the public PCs is now working normally.

You can:

  • browse books on the shelves
  • read in reading areas
  • use the self-service machines for issuing and returning items
  • use PCs in the Surfing Space (public internet) and the Digital Hub (online access to council services)
  • print from public PCs 
  • use study areas
  • collect recycling bags
  • recycle small electrical items
  • collect lateral flow testing kits (Idea Stores Bow and Whitechapel)

using a computer

Want to get online? Discover more about using a computer in Idea Stores.

Digital Hub computers are available at all Idea Stores to access Council’s services


idea store learning

Idea Store Learning are back with new courses starting September.

Idea Store Learning offers hundreds of courses across a wide range of subjects including creative arts, technical and DIY skills, cookery, health and fitness, business, languages, performing arts and basic skills to suit your needs and aspirations. We can help you to get qualified for work or further study, learn new skills, and support your health and wellbeing. 

Our courses are now open for online enrolmentif would like to join an ESOL, English or Maths class, make sure you enquire now so that we can book you in for an assessment.

Join today!

Become an Idea Store Member!

idea store card

See our joinng page for information on how easy it is to become a member.


Download the Idea Store app!

idea store app

Use this website or our app to use your own Idea Store 24 hours a day. With the app you can download films, music, books, magazines and newspapers directly onto your device for free

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