This Library is free to join, and stacks a large collection of both DVDs and VHS. They even occasionally sell some VHS tapes for 50p, and I've slowly built a mini collection from here. Its great because its totally free to take out both books and movies!
There is no Wifi, but there are public terminals to access internet with a time limit. These get really busy on the weekend. You might catch another network in the area on your laptop. Its a great place to read or to study, I used to come here to write essays. Its conveniently located and I would go for breaks to one of the many cafes across the street for a caffeine boost!
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.
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.
This is a real bastion of the old Stoke Newington, amazing war memorial in the lobby and suitably laid back staff inside. very easy to join and ncie selction of cds for rental.
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