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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] 

Data Protection

Your personal details are required for the creation of a library account. This information is held on a common database shared by London Libraries Consortium [LLC] authority members. It is password protected and only accessible to Idea Store and LLC staff.. Details of all completed transactions i.e. items borrowed and returned, are kept within the system for two years and details of non-completed transactions i.e. items borrowed and not returned are kept for six years. 

You can sign-in to our online catalogue to view the last 18 months of your borrowing history.

We collect and use depersonalised details, which do not identify you as a named individual for statistical analysis of our services, such as Idea Store Online usage and the number and type of library items borrowed. This allows us to review and provide better services.

When you register for a library account:

• We will need to collect your email address. This is so that we can send you pre-overdue, overdue and reservation notifications;

• You can choose to opt-in or opt-out to receive marketing emails that alert our members to new services and Idea Store courses that may be of interest. You can opt-out of receiving marketing communications at any time by using the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the marketing emails.


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
  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hackney
  • Harrow
  • Havering
  • Kingston
  • Lewisham
  • Luton
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Sutton
  • Waltham Forest

Friend and Carer Membership

Do you find it difficult getting to your local Idea Store or library? Have you considered nominating a family member, friend or neighbour to take out a Friend & Carer Membership?

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

Genesis Cinema: Idea Store Members Discount
Idea Store members get a 2 for 1 ticket offer for films at the east end's historic Genesis Cinema.

Terms and conditions:

  • Tickets must be purchased from Genesis Cinema's box office.
  • Your Idea Store Card will be required as proof of membership (images/digital copies will not be accepted)
  • This offer does not apply to films in their first week of release
  • This offer does not apply to films screenings in Studio 4 and 5

Rich Mix Film for a £6
Exclusive to Idea Store members; see a film for £6 every Tuesday and Wednesday 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.