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Idea Stores are more than just a library or a place for learning. As well as library services, they offer a wide range of adult learning courses and an extensive activities and events programme.

Opening hours

Standard opening hours
Monday9am - 9pm
Tuesday9am - 9pm
Wednesday9am - 9pm
Thursday9am - 9pm
Friday9am - 6pm
Saturday9am - 5pm
Sunday11am - 3pm

Opening hours

Bethnal Green Library and Cubitt Town Library are open the following hours:

Standard opening hours
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Saturday9am - 5pm
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The Idea Story

Idea Stores are more than just a library or a place of learning. As well as the traditional library service, they offer a wide range of adult education classes.

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Small electrical item recycling

Small portable items such as kettles, small toasters and mixers, cameras, hairdryers, irons, electric toothbrushes, small toys, cables, and chargers can be recycled in bins at all Idea Stores and libraries.


Recycling bags

Waste services are currently reviewing and looking to improve the arrangements for the delivery of recycling sacks to residents. This review will also look at the allocation of recycling sacks from Idea Stores.

  • If you live in a house or flat above a shop without a purple bin: clear sacks will be delivered to you twice a year
  • If you live in a block of flats: you don’t need sacks to recy-cle. Please empty your recycling directly into the purple communal bins loose.
  • If you live in a house or house converted into flats with a purple bin: you don’t need sacks to recycle. Please empty your recycling into the bins loose.

Limited supplies of sacks are still available from Idea Stores and libraries over the next weeks. Further information on this will follow in due course.


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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!