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opening hours

Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel are open the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
  • Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday 11am – 3pm

Cubitt Town Library and Bethnal Green Library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 10am – 8pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

We're reopening Idea Store Watney Market soon, watch this space...

PLEASE NOTE: Customers using our public access (Netloan) PC service are currently unable to print.  We are troubleshooting the issue and have raised a priority call with our suppliers.  Customers are still able to logon and surf the internet but cannot print.

keeping safe

COVID-19 update

We're returning to normal service, however, to protect our staff and visitors we encourage face coverings to be worn when entering and moving around our buildings, and in lifts.

Visitors are encouraged to wear a face-covering and maintain social distancing when attending any of our events and activities

Please respect those around you and wear a face covering.

using a computer

Want to get online? Discover more about using a computer in Idea Stores.

Digital Hub computers are available at all Idea Stores to access Council’s services.


idea store learning

Idea Store Learning are back with new courses 

Idea Store Learning offers hundreds of courses across a wide range of subjects including creative arts, technical and DIY skills, cookery, health and fitness, business, languages, performing arts and basic skills to suit your needs and aspirations. We can help you to get qualified for work or further study, learn new skills, and support your health and wellbeing. 

Our courses are now open for online enrolmentif would like to join an ESOL, English or Maths class, make sure you enquire now so that we can book you in for an assessment.

Join today!

Become an Idea Store Member!

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See our joining page for information on how easy it is to become a member.