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Our library services

Join the library. Browse, renew and reserve books. Access newspapers, magazines, e-books and more.


It's free to join, and you don't have to be a Waltham Forest resident.

Join online or in person at one of your local libraries.

  • over six million books, eBooks and eAudiobooks 
  • information and reference materials, including family history research tools, business and legal resources, and newspapers, magazines and eMagazines
  • free Wi-Fi and PC computer use in the borough’s eight libraries
  • online courses, including language lessons, driving theory test preparation and computer skills lessons.

Events and activities

We host a number of events and activities at our libraries. 

To see what's happening or reserve your place, browse our events calendar.

Renew or reserve books

Once registered, you can browse the catalogue and reserve books you want to borrow.

Renew ones you're still reading.

Click and collect service

Walthamstow, Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Wood Street offer a ‘Click and Collect’ service. You can search the online catalogue to request books for collection.

Please only request books that are held in the library you wish to collect from. You will need your library card and pin number to confirm your order. If you are not a library member, you must join online first.  You’ll receive an email when your requested items are ready.

Book delivery service

If you can't collect your books in person, volunteers can deliver your books to your door. Delivery is within three working days. If any of the books are unavailable, we'll call you first so you can choose a different one.

Library online

You can access the library 24/7 with your library card and pin, and also via our library app.

Online services include:

  • ebooks
  • newspapers and magazines
  • audiobooks
  • learning and online courses
  • reference and research materials

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