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Idea Store re-opening

We’re delighted to welcome back visitors to Idea Store BowIdea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel - while other locations continue to be assessed. To continue to keep everybody safe, Idea Stores are currently offering a reduced number of services. 

You can simply pop in, (there may be a wait at busy times), or you can book ahead to guarantee your slot, including to collect books, and for access to computers and the internet.

Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: Midday to 4pm

All other Idea Stores and Libraries remain closed. We are working behind the scenes to re-open further locations as soon as it is safe to do so

24 hour service

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.

Download the Idea Store app:

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