It is not only cheap coffee, it is the idea of Londons’ Idea Stores that rocks. This one, the “reference” for good practice is placed in between a bazar, the Whitechapel tube-station, a bank and a supermarket.
Idea Stores are more than just public libraries (or are they public libraries like they should be?) because of their objective to integrate people. Here in Whitechapel especially migrants or non natives are getting a first connection to British Culture (health facilities, language, public services). Language learnig in “learning labs”, CV in 24 Hours, free debt advice service, or easy to read literature are some of the services that are offered. Literature in the languages of most represented migrant groups are also on-hand. The library is used as an Internet Café. One can use the touch screen to search the catalog. Here you are becoming beware of the fascinating idea of a vital library. Beside from that: Have you ever been faling asleep in a library because of feeling tired? It is usual here in London while in German Libraries you are only allowed to sleep when you are too tired of massive scientific reading! Getting an idea about the obvious difference?