Waltham Forest Library service has a number of rooms available for use by community groups and commercial organisations. These rooms are available for Hire from only £9.80 per hour.
Contact us for further details on what other activities we can hold in our meeting rooms and check our terms and conditions. Please email
To download room hire guide and booking form, please click HERE.
Please note that due to essential system maintenance, this site will be unavailable between 09:00 and 17:00 on Sunday 21st October 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Play your part in shaping the developments at Lea Bridge and the new Wood Street Library (which will be located in the new Marlowe Road Development on Wood Street). Waltham Forest Council is looking to establish Community Engagement Boards for every library and is seeking a wide representation from across all local communities. The aim is to ensure our library offer is developed at each site for the future, and services are developed in order to meet the needs of everyone.
The council wants to develop boards which include both regular library users and those who do not currently use their local library. On your application, please tell us:
- What you can bring to the engagement board to help us achieve the council’s vision for libraries
- Your links and networks within your local community that will help us gain a broad input into the design and development of the service
- An outline of your current engagement with, and use of, your local library, including your thoughts on opportunities for improvement
Please include your postcode as we are keen to engage residents close to each library.
For more info:
Applications can be made before the deadline of 8 November via email: email@example.com
Here you can browse the books that are available across the London Libraries Consortium, reserve that book that you really must read, check on your account information, renew your books and lots more.
Our range of encylopedias and information resources can be found under the information tab at the top of the page and we have a great collection of online courses that are available free of charge ... driving theory, citizenship, a new language or some dog grooming, there is something there for every need (or whim!)
If you'd prefer to Get Online in one of our libraries, then reserve a PC in advance to avoid those queues.
And don't forget to check out all the events and activities happening in a library, museum, gallery or pop-up location near you. We have Something for everyone and all events in libraries are free.
Vestry House Museum's photo archive has been made available online for the first time. The archive goes back to the 1840s, with over 500 images of the borough's streets and buildings - including landmark churches, shops and pubs - as well as portraits of local personalities and community celebrations. The images can be searched by date, area or theme.
All the photos are also available to order as high quality prints, with proceeds from sales being used to support the Museum's programme of exhibitions, events and educational projects. To view the archive visit http://boroughphotos.org/walthamforest.
Do you struggle to read the local newspaper because of a visual impairment? Well, we can help.
We are "Soundwave" the Waltham Forest Talking Newspaper. On a weekly basis we read the news from the Waltham Forest Guardian on to memory sticks for the visually impaired within the borough. As a small local charity we provide this service totally free of charge and we will even loan you a player if you do not have access to a computer to enable you to play the memory stick.
If you are interested and would like more details then please leave your telephone number on 07811 245695 and we will contact you as soon as we are able.
If you enjoy reading, but find print difficult, Waltham Forest Libraries can help.
A wide range of services are on offer to visually impaired children and adults. Many are free and these include:
- Large Print Books
- Audio Books on CDs
- Access Library Membership
- E-Books and E-Audiobooks
- Home Library Service
- Reading Groups
- Local Talking Newspapers
- Digital Library
- Internet, Computers and Wi-Fi
- Assistive Technology
- Magnifying Aids
- Other Sources of help
Please click here for more information.