Leytonstone Library

Please note: Easter weekend closure

Leytonstone Library will be closed for essential maintenance work on the following dates:
Good Friday 18 April
Easter Saturday 19 April
Easter Sunday 20 April
Easter Monday 21 April

The library will open again on Tuesday 22 April at 9am

Please see the Easter opening hours page for details of the opening hours in other Waltham Forest Libraries.

Opening hours

  • Monday, 9am-7pm
  • Tuesday, 9am-7pm
  • Wednesday, 9am-7pm
  • Thursday, 9am-7pm
  • Friday, 9am-7pm
  • Saturday, 9am-6pm
  • Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Regular activities


Rhymetime with Leytonstone Children's Centre
Songs, rhymes and actions for under 5s

Leytonstone Library Play Reading Group
7.30pm-9.45pm (except for public holidays and the month of August)

Admission: Free

Perform staged play readings from a selection of our library of over 500 plays. We also welcome playwrights who wish to test new pieces of their work. New members welcome and no experience is necessary so come along and have a go. We are proudly sponsored by The Unity Theatre Trust and our patron is Sir Derek Jacobi. For more details, please visit Leytonstone library one Monday evening to talk to a member of the Play Reading Group.


E11 Advice

Free information and advice on:

  • Accommodation and housing
  • Debt and money problems
  • Volunteering
  • Income and benefits
  • Employment and training


Messy Play with Leytonstone Children's Centre
Great fun for little ones! Ages 0-5

Messy Play with Leytonstone Children's Centre


Baby Club and Rollers and Crawlers with Leytonstone Children's Centre
Rolling, stretching, playing fun for Ages 0-5.

Tots on the Go with Leytonstone Children's Centre
1pm - 3pm

ICT Drop In
1.30-3pm (term time only)
Help and support with IT issues on our public computers


Music and Movement

Story Time with Tessa

Go on a journey to a faraway land in our fun story sessions, perfect for a Friday afternoon


Leytonstone Library Book Group

Join the new Leytonstone Reading Group this New Year.  For fun social evenings of lively discussion, a chance to meet new people and have a good time.

Interested in being part of the reading group?
Ask at Leytonstone Library or email librarypromotions@walthamforest.gov.uk for more information.

Leytonstone Library Refurbishment

The designs for the £1.4 million refurbishment of Leytonstone library are now being developed, and Waltham Forest Council is keen to gather residents’ views on the draft plans.
A presentation taken to Leytonstone Community Ward Forum in December outlines what the completed Leytonstone will look like. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Any feedback or questions should be sent to libraryplus@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB)

Waltham Forest Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), which is funded by the Council, will be available at the library every Saturday from 10am-1pm, starting on 1 October until 31 December.

Appointments will need to be booked in advance through CAB.

CAB provides general and specialist advice and information on a wide range of issues including; welfare benefits, money, immigration and employment.

They currently operate at community hubs across the borough, over the phone and online to help residents to deal with civil, legal, financial and other problems while informing them of their rights and responsibilities.

To make an appointment with CAB at Leytonstone Library phone 020 8521 5125 or visit www.walthamforestcab.org.uk You can also drop into the main office based at Churchill Business Centre, 6 Church Hill, Walthamstow.

Special events

In addition to our programme of regular activities, we also host special programmes and events for adults and children throughout the year. Go to the Waltham Forest events calendar and click on Libraries to find out more.

Stock and services

Leytonstone Library offers a wide range of books and services including:

  • WiFi wireless internet access using a laptop, PDA or mobile
  • Children's library offering three dedicated children's computers
  • Teenage/homework centre offering four dedicated computers and study space
  • ICT suite offering 16 computers
  • Adult fiction, non-fiction and large print stock
  • Books in community languages
  • Selection of newspapers and magazines
  • Children's board books, picture books, stories, information books and books in dual text
  • Teenage section
  • Audio books
  • Computer use including FREE Internet access and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint)
  • Photocopy services
  • Access to a range of children's centre services through our partner, Leytonstone Children's Centre Cluster

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