Newham has ten libraries (Beckton, Canning Town, Custom House, East Ham, Green Street, Manor Park, North Woolwich, Plaistow, Stratford and Forest Gate).
Canning Town Library was first opened in 1893 and still operates in the original building on Barking Road (albeit with repairs and a reconstructed interior following damage from air raids in 1940 and 1941). Its opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30am–5:30pm, Wednesday and Sunday: Closed, Thursday: 9:30am–8:00pm
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Online information resources
You can access the online information resources through the London Libraries Consortium website. Simply log in using your library card number and pin (which you can get from your local library).
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Note, you do not need your library card and pin to use this service.
Britannica Junior – (age 5 to 11)
Britannica Junior is for primary school students. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
Britannica Student – (age 12 to 18)
This section is for secondary school students. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
Credo reference includes dictionaries and encyclopaedias and materials on art, literature, history, science and business.
Encyclopaedia Britannica – (age 18 and above)
This section is for adults and students over 18. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
Encyclopaedia of popular music
This encyclopaedia’s 30,000 entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to today, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain’s past.