Library Plus improvement programme

Mother and young child look at books on the library shelf


The Council has established a £5 million programme to refurbish and improve Waltham Forest’s four main Library Plus buildings at Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford. This is a major investment at a time when many other councils in London and elsewhere are cutting back their library services.

Our vision is that new Library Plus branches will:

  • Be modern and attractive spaces which match up to the best public library buildings in London
  • Offer a modern library service equipped with cutting-edge information technology
  • Provide easy access to the full range of council services, particularly through self-service
  • Empower staff to offer the best customer experience

Improvement work has now been completed at Leyton library. Improvement works at the other libraries will be phased over a number of years.

Leyton and Leytonstone Library Plus refurbishment completed

Leyton Library Plus and Leytonstone Library Plus branches provide:

  • fast and reliable internet and Wi-Fi
  • brand new PCs
  • a children’s storytelling area
  • a dedicated library and study space for teenagers and young people
  • access a wide range of council and community services
  • help for residents to use self-service PCs to make payments, report or request services 
  • a drop off service for information relating to housing benefit claims or council tax accounts