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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?

The Friend & Carer Membership scheme links two people together:

  • Someone who finds it difficult to get to their nearest Idea Store or library (the Home Helper)
  • Someone else – it could be a family member, a friend, a neighbour or a volunteer – who can go to the Idea Store or library on their behalf and chose books and other items for them (the Friend & Carer)

With a Friend & Carer membership card you can:

  • Borrow up to 24 items (12 for yourself and 12 for the Home Reader)
  • Download FREE eBooks and Audiobooks
  • Be exempt from any charge for any books returned late
  • Receive vouchers for tea or coffee and cake at our cafes at Idea Store Whitechapel & Idea Store Bow
  • Have a FREE place on any daytime Idea Store Learning course when you are accompanying the Home Reader
  • Have a VIP access to Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives and other exhibitions
  • Receive a regular newsletter and be the first to hear about events in the Idea Stores

Other membership benefits include:

  • Discount at the Rich Mix Cinema - Exclusive to Idea Store members; see a film for £6 every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rich Mix.
  • Discount at the Genesis Cinema  - Exclusive to the Idea Store members; reduced price all week
  • Discount at the Tower of London - visit for just £1 (saving £20 on a regular adult ticket). You’ll need to be a Tower Hamlets resident as well as an Idea Store member.

Complete the Friend and Carer application form.