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Stoke Newington Library
Stoke Newington, London
184 Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney, London N16 0JS
- Turnpike Lane Station (0.7 km)
- Stoke Newington Station (0.8 km)
- Stoke Newington Rail Station (0.8 km)
- Contact us:
020 8356 5231
- Opening hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9am to 8pm
Wednesdays: 9am to 6pm
Fridays: 10am to 8pm
Saturdays: 9am to 5pm
3 reviews of Stoke Newington Library in English
It had been quite a few years since I’d used this library, but I discovered the free public access to the internet when my laptop broke recently. I wish I could say it had been a pleasant experience, but sadly it wasn’t.
The older members of staff seem to be on some kind of power trip and take every opportunity to patronise and condescend. Surprisingly, it was the younger, less pretentious staff members who were most helpful.
The first time I went, I asked to book a pc and the woman stared at me imperiously over the top of her spectacles and held out her hand – like I was just supposed to know what she wanted without speaking!
Anyway, I was then sent to another desk to register for a new library card. This was the easy bit! Luckily I had a bill on me so I could prove my address and I got the card immediately.
I won’t go into details about subsequent visits, but another staff member was very patronising. I’m so glad my lappy is mended now and I don’t have to go back. A very useful resource nonetheless.
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I was first drawn to the building, which was built in 1892. The entranceway is impressive: it’s a memorial hall, commemorating those who have died in war. I got a couple of pictures, but not enough to show it really. Inside is not so nice. Just as grand, it’s a great barn of a building, and somewhat grey and dingy.
This doesn’t stop it buzzing with life. It’s a largish library, and it took me a while to find the SF section. Actually 2 sections of shelves and a nice selection, so they win points there. There’s also a large study area, including many computers, and a huge children’s section. The children’s section was full and noisy when I visited. I think they were about to start story time, and some of the kids were getting a bit fractious.
Very much a living and used library, and the entranceway is a must see if you are into war memorials.
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LizH, 22 May 2010:
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