Library entrance


From Thursday 3 December, in line with current government guidance we will be reopening our libraries at

  • Hale End
  • and Higham Hill

Customers will be able to utilise all regular library services during opening hours. 

As part of our £3.2M investment in our library service, Lea Bridge library is in the final exciting stages of construction and will remain closed until works are complete.

Walthamstow library is also in the late stages of a full refurbishment which will provide a new childrens and young adults area, new computers, new event spaces and an exciting new café.  As such, it will remain open for all registrars services by appointment  the purchasing of parking permits and our popular click and collect service for books.

We will continue to provide our book delivery service, all of our online resources for you to enjoy from home and our very popular online events via our Facebook page.

Please visit the Libraries site for more information

Request library book delivery during COVID-19

If you would like some books delivered straight to your door, just click on the button below and let us know which books you would like from our catalogue and one of our fantastic volunteers will deliver them to your door in the next 3 working days.

Request library book delivery online 

If you are not a library member already, you will need to join online.

Click and Collect

All Waltham Forest Libraries offer a ‘Click and Collect’ service.. Customers can search the online catalogue for available items held by these libraries and request books for collection.

Please ensure you only request the books from the Library you are collecting from. To place the hold you will need your Library card and pin number . If you are not a library member already, you will need to join online. You’ll receive an email letting you know when your requested items are ready. Please read our guide for help using the service.

Access the library online 

Register for a library card or manage your existing membership, through the Waltham Forest Libraries website.

Waltham Forest library card gives you access to:

  • over six million books, eBooks and eAudiobooks across 170 London library branches - via the Waltham Forest Libraries website or our library app
  • thousands of information resources and reference materials, including family history research tools, business and legal resources, and various newspapers, magazines and eMagazines
  • free Wi-Fi and PC computer use in the borough’s eight libraries
  • a range of online courses, including language lessons, driving theory test preparation and computer skills lessons.

Use our step by step guides to access thousands of newspapers, magazines, e-books and audiobooks.

Keep up-to-date and get involved, please subscribe to our mailing list.

For enquiries please

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Review of the Library and Information Service carried out in 2011.
Improving the Borough's libraries.
Waltham Forest Council consulted in 2011 on the future of its Library and Information Service.
Rules governing the use of our libraries.
Online reference and online study resources as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines etc.
Search the catalogue and manage your membership on the Waltham Forest Libraries website.
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Information about your family history, history of your house or street