Library locations and opening hours

Monday to Friday 8am* to 11.30pm

Library staff available: 9am to 7pm

Library chat and email support: 10am to 6pm

* Aldgate Library opens at 9am


Weekend opening from Saturday 30 September 2023

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6.30pm

Library staff available: 12pm to 4pm

Library chat and email support: 12.30pm to 3.30pm


For IT-related issues, IT TechSmart staff will be available in both libraries, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or please use their help page to log a job or chat with them online. 

Aldgate Library

Calcutta House

Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

Room: Access is on the ground floor

The library is on the ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors in Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT 
Access is on the ground floor. 

  • Nearest mainline railway station: Liverpool Street. 
  • Nearest underground (Tube): Aldgate (Metropolitan/Circle), Aldgate East (District/Hammersmith & City). 
  • Parking Details: No parking available, NCP within walking distance.

Special Collections including TUC Library

020 7320 3516



The Special Collections Reading Room (Wash Houses, Aldgate)

Tuesdays - 10am to 5pm

Fridays - 10am to 5pm

For enquiries that relate specifically to Special Collections please email:

Goulston Street

16 Goulston Street
London E1 7TP

c/o Calcutta House
Old Castle Street
E1 7NT

Nearest underground (Tube): Aldgate East (Circle and Hammersmith & City) and Aldgate (Metropolitan)
Nearest Bus(es): 415, 25, 67, 115, 205, 254
Parking Details: Parking is very restricted.


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