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Join the free library service now

18 March 2020

Join the free library service now

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, government advice suggests for many people to work from home when they can, and self-isolate if they are experiencing symptoms.

Waltham Forest Council offer library services online, meaning that you can access digital library resources from your own home. This includes newspapers, magazines, eBooks and audiobooks. You can find out more about the range of resources on offer on this page.

During this time, we will not be charging late fees.

Join our library services for free

Once you fill in all of your details (please note: make sure you provide a valid email and phone number so we can contact you should there be any issues) a temporary membership number will pop up on your screen which will be valid for 24 hours.  

Our library staff will email you a validated membership number within two hours (during business hours) so you can use our services for as long as you need to.

We are also working with our provider to ensure existing memberships do not expire and that automatic renewals are in place.  

Request library book delivery during COVID-19

Once you're a member, if you would like some books delivered straight to your door, you can do by checking out our main libraries page.

Newspapers and magazines

A membership with Waltham Forest Libraries will allow you access to thousands of newspapers and magazines in over a hundred languages through Pressreader and rbDigital platforms.  From fashion, to fitness, you’ll be able to find a topic to suit you.

E-books and audiobooks

Waltham Forest Libraries have hundreds of choices of eBooks at your fingertips.

Once you have joined the library, you can select Overdrive, Borrowbox, or uLibrary for the latest e-books and Audiobooks.

User guides, help and advice

If you need help with any of these services have a read of our step by step guides. You can also use our webchat   Our libraries are currently open if you require further assistance in person.

You can also use our webchat   Our libraries are currently open if you require further assistance in person.

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