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Plaistow Library

On this page, you can find information about Plaistow Library including, facilities, access, public transport and opening hours. ​​
Storytelling time at Plaistow Library

Find Plaistow Library

Plaistow Library
North Street
E13 9HL
Tel: 020 3373 0859

Opening hours

​Day of the week
Opening times
Monday ​9.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday ​9.30am - 5.30pm
​Wednesday ​9.30am - 5pm
​Thursday ​1pm - 8pm
​Friday 9.30am - 5pm
​Saturday ​9.30am - 5.30pm
​Sunday ​Closed
​Bank holidays Closed​

Reserve and renew library items


Library activities

Regular adult activities

​Event Time/date​ Info​
​Women's group ​Wednesday, 10.30am - 12.30am ​Women only community social group for those who have had or have mental health conditions.
​Chair based exercises Tuesday, 11.30am - 12.30pm​ Fancy doing light exercise from the comfort of your chair? Why not come along and meet local residents and maoe ​
​Chess club Every Wednesday, 3.30 - 5pm​ Learn new skills or brush up on your chess game. All ages welcome. Free.​ No booking necessary.
​Coffee morning Third Tuesday of every month, 10.30 - 12 noon ​​A chance to find out what is happening in your local area and meet Newham Council officers and local stakeholders.
​Crochet club ​Monday, 10am - 12midday ​Learn how to crochet from scratch or improve your existing skills. Meet new people. All welcome.
​Do it online ​Wednesday, 10am - 12 noon ​Free eight week beginners computer classes. Booking required. Please contact the library to reserve a space.

Unique stars group
​Wednesday, 1.30 - 4.30pm ​Socialise and play dominoes. Over 50s.
​English class -  ESOL
​Tuesday, 9.30am - 2pm (incl 30 mins kunch time) ​Free English classes for speakers of other languages aged 16 or over. Registration required. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.
English conversation club Monday, 10 - 11am ​Come along to our English conversation club to:
  • increase your confidence speaking English
  • practise speaking with other people from your local area
English class -  Life in the UK B1 and B2 ESOL classes ​Wednesday, 12.30 - 2.30pm and Friday, 10am - 12 noon during term time English and citizenship classes for speakers of other languages aged 16 or over.

You must complete an entry form before starting the course. Speak to library staff.
Film club ​Friday, 2pm
Saturday, 2pm
​Come and enjoy movies from the past and present along with your family and friends. Every one is welcome.
​Gamers' group Last Thursday of every month, 1 - 3pm ​Monthly Social club for adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA).
​Knit and knatter Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 12midday
Learn how to knit from scratch or improve your skills.
​Newham Social Walk ​Tiesday and Saturday, 10 - 11am ​Meet at Plaistow library and walk to Plaistow Park. Come back to the library for refreshments. All ages welcome.
​Reading group ​First Thursday of every month, 6.45 - 7.45pm ​​Share your favourite books, discover new writers and enjoy great reads in a relaxed environment.
​Table tennis ​Saturday, 3 - 5pm ​Improve or show off your skills with table tennis in the main library.
​Together we can ​Every other Friday, 2 - 4pm ​Social group for adults under 50 who have suffered a stroke.The group provides advice and support.
​UK Wallball ​Friday, 3.15 - 4.15pm ​A fun, social activity involving left to right co-ordination using a ball. Suitable for stroke rehabilitation/survivors. For more information please contact
​Yoga Every Thursday​ 6 - 7.45pm and every Saturday 10am - 12 midday ​Relax and learn inner peace with community yoga. Limited spaces available. Please arrive on time. £1 per session.

Regular activities for children and young people

​Event Time/date​ Info​
​Arts and crafts workshop ​Tuesday, 3.30 - 5pm and Saturday 11am - 12.30pm ​​Get creative and let your imagination run wild at these free, fun, interactive sessions for children aged 5 to 12. Free, fun craft sessions for children and young people.
​Chatterbooks Saturday, 2.30 - 3.30pm A reading group aimed at inspiring young children to read for pleasure. The aim is to develop confidence to talk in a group. It includes fun and creative activities to encourage young children to participate and read in an interactive way.
​Film club Saturday, 2pm​ ​Come and enjoy movies from the past and present along with your family and friends. Every one is welcome.
​Games club and chess Thursday, 3.34 - 5.45pm

Thursday, 5 - 6pm
Enjoy traditional games, table tennis and Playstation Fifa 16. 

Develop your skills or learn to play chess for free. All levels are welcome.
​Homework club Monday, ​3.30 - 5pm ​Free study support at our libraries during school term time for children aged 7 to 12 years old. Term time only.
​Homework club ​Saturday, 10.30am - 12.30pm ​​Free study support and homework help. Ages 7 - 14 years old. Term time only.
​Jiggery Friday, 10 - 11am during term time​ ​Free music and dance session for toddlers.
​Sensory play Tuesday 9.30 - 10.15am​ A free interactive music session using action based songs and rhymes to encourage and develop language, communication and physical activity. Under 5s.​

​Tuesday, 9.30 - 10.15am​

Thursday, 2 - 3pm
A free, fun interactive  singing and story session for children upto five and  their parents or carers.

A free, fun interactive singing and story session for children  upto five years and their parents or carers run by Plaistow Children’s Centre. 

Youth discussion group ​Monday, 4.30 - 5.30pm A discussion group aimes at young people.
For information about special events check out our free What's on in Newham app.

Access for disabled people

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilet
  • Induction loop at the counter

Check full accessibility details on the DisabledGo website




Room for hire

The venue has a room available for hire during the core library opening hours.

Room capacity

​​Room layout ​Room capacity
Classroom​ ​12
​Theatre ​20
Standing​ ​20
​Seated ​15​

Resources available

Projector, screen, flipchart, Wi-Fi access

​Online bookings

Block bookings

You can receive a 10% discount for bookings of 8 more consecutive weeks. Email your request with details of your preferred days/times. 

No parking available.​​​

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  • Plaistow Library
    North Street
    E13 9HL

    020 3373 0859

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