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Idea Store Whitechapel

London Community Architecture: Library Building – design by Adjaye/Associates

17 Sep 2011

Idea Store Whitechapel by David Adjaye

Location: Whitechapel, east London, UK

Dates built: 2001-05

Design: David Adjaye

Photographs © Adrian Welch, taken on 17 Sep 2011

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Address: 321 Whitechapel Road, City of London, E1 1BU

Contact Idea Store Whitechapel: 020 7364 4332

Photos © Nick Weall, from 26 Jun 2010

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The Idea Store in Whitechapel – the borough’s flagship library, learning and information service – opened on Thursday 22 September 2005.

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The Whitechapel Idea Store offers the fullest range of services:

– A large collection of books, CDs and DVDs
– An extensive range of newspapers and magazines
– A children’s library
– A cafe
– Free Internet access
– A range of state-of-the-art learning spaces and classrooms
– Specialist space for teaching dance

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Idea Stores are more than just a library or a place for learning. As well as library services, they offer a wide range of adult learning courses and an extensive activities and events programme.

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Idea Store

After consulting with local residents in the largest consultation exercise ever undertaken by Tower Hamlets Council it became clear that major investment was needed.

The Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, launched the groundbreaking Idea Stores concept in April 1999.

The idea became a reality in May 2002 when the first, prototype Idea Store opened at Bow. This was followed by Idea Store Chrisp Street in July 2004, Idea Store Whitechapel in September 2005, Idea Store Canary Wharf in March 2006 and Idea Store Watney Market in May 2013.

Idea Store Whitechapel Road

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