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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

COVID-19 update

It is mandatory for all staff, customers, learners and visitors to wear a face-covering when entering and moving around the building, including lifts (unless exempt).
Learners are not required to wear a face-covering in the classrooms unless they want to. 
Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection, because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19. Thank you for your co-operation.

What you can expect:

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 from the Community Collect Hubs at Idea Stores Bow, Chrisp Street and Whitechapel and Bethnal Green Library.

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.

Please note, only a limited number of Public PCs are currently available for booking at our sites. This is to enable maintaining of social distancing as part of our COVID-19 Safety measures.

idea store learning

Idea Store Learning are back with new courses 

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!

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See our joining 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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