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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

Standard opening hours
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
FridayCLOSED
Saturday9am - 5pm
SundayCLOSED
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Recycling bags

Idea Stores and libraries distribute recycling bags for Tower Hamlets Clean and Green Team.

Clear recycling bags and food bags are available at all stores and libraries for residents on a first come, first served basis. Stores receive deliveries weekly but run out fast so we cannot guarantee availability.

Further details on recycling can be found on the Tower Hamlets Council website.

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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.

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