Dalston CLR James Library

Question: what do Harry Potter, the B.F.G. and Charlie and Lola all have in common? Answer: they all live in Dalston. OK, you might not spot them in Nando’s, but you’ll definitely find them on the bookshelves of the Dalston CLR James Library. This library is massive, it’s brand new, it’s got its very own kids’ section and there isn’t a cobweb in sight. Fill your head with amazing stories, and take one home for free.

Where is it?

Dalston Square
60 Roseberry Place, London
Next to Dalston Junction overground station.
E8 3BQ
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Good to know

There are computers, wi-fi, a toilet with baby-changing facilities and a cafe.

Wow fact

The library has more than 30,000 books. Even if you read one book every week, you’d have to live to the age of 577 to finish them all.

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Things to do

- Find a quiet space to read, study and think.
- Use the free wi-fi. Come to a reading workshop.
- Discover loads of books, and borrow some for free.

What we did: Year 4 Elm, Rushmore Primary School

Thumbs up to Clementina, the lovely librarian who showed us round, gave us a tour of the children’s section and read us a story. Afterwards we met Joelle, a poet and performance artist. She taught us beat-boxing, which was really fun. Then she worked with us in groups to help us write poems, and showed us how to do a poetry slam.

By Sake, Year 4 Rushmore Primary School