Shoe Lane Library reopens after major refurbishment

One of the City’s biggest community spaces has reopened after an extensive refurbishment.

A revamp to Shoe Lane Library, owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, has improved reading areas, created a new well-being space, laid new carpets, installed tablets for e-magazines and a new coffee machine.

The project has also increased space for study and relaxation.

The changes include:

  • New well-being area with books on health as well as new comfortable chairs for relaxation
  • Two tablets for reading e-magazines from the City of London libraries’ collection
  • A new coffee machine
  • New carpets
  • New modern furniture
  • New services from City Advice, Smoking Cessation and Victim Support

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services committee, said:

“The refurbishment of Shoe Lane library forms part of the City of London’s Corporation’s commitment to providing quality community services for its residents and visitors.

“We now have a library fit for the 21st century with which we hope offers a safe neutral, shared space, in which people feel they belong and to which people feel they can visit alone or with friends.”

The library has a range of services available for visitors including:

  • Books, audio books and language sets
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Free Wi-Fi, computers and internet access
  • Reading groups
  • Rhymetime and Stay and Play for under 5s
  • Home delivery service
  • Friendly, expert staff


Opening hours:

Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 9.30am - 6.30pm

Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm

The library is closed on bank holidays.


Little Hill House

Little New Street

London EC4A 3JR


Kristina Drake| Media Officer, Public Services

City of London Corporation

M: 07710860884

D: 020 7332 1125