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Rooms available for Hire at Libraries Rooms available for Hire at Libraries

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.

Pop-up Library Pop-up Library

Please click here to find out more about our Pop-up library and details of upcoming locations.

Waltham Forest Libraries App Waltham Forest Libraries App

Library App

Waltham Forest Libraries App is now available on App Store and Android Platform.

Library App on Google play

LIbrary App on iTunes App Store

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Digital Library Digital Library

 FREE RB Digital Comics : New!

FREE RB Digital Streaming Videos : New!

We are pleased to inform you that RB Digital Streaming Video Service (The Great Courses, Qello Concerts and Indieflix Independent Films) are now live.

The Great Courses-  With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more, The Great Courses Library Collection has courses on how to do it, how to learn it, or how it happened. 

Indieflix - IndieFlix is a streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favourites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With IndieFlix, library members can instantly view thousands of titles from around the world, including the best from classic TV, horror, comedy, film festival darlings, and more with public performance rights.

Qello - Stingray Qello is the only place to watch over 1,500 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket.

Please click HERE to explore more and downloand these resources.

Renew your book Renew your book

Renew your book

What's On in Libraries What's On in Libraries
Search Library Catalogue Search Library Catalogue

Library Catalogue

Join the Library Join the Library

Digital Library: What is in it for me? Digital Library: What is in it for me?

Welcome to Waltham Forest Libraries Welcome to Waltham Forest Libraries
Welcome Welcome

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.

We'll be continuing to improve your catalogue and website over the next six months so please do let us know what you think and we'd love to hear suggestions on how we could make it better.


Historic images of Waltham Forest go online Historic images of Waltham Forest go online

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

Waltham Forest Talking Newspaper Waltham Forest Talking Newspaper

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.


Library Services to Visually Impaired People Library Services to Visually Impaired People

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.

Sign up to e-newsletter Sign up to e-newsletter

Please click HERE to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

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Book a PC

Seeking Volunteers Seeking Volunteers

Waltham Forest Libraries value the brilliant and wide-ranging contribution that volunteers make to our community and have a number of volunteering opportunities available.

Helping with library events, homework clubs, reading groups, summer reading challenge and providing IT support like helping with our digital support sessions.

 What’s in it for you?

  • Opportunities to meet new people
  • Learn new skills and enhance current skills
  • Improve your CV and future job prospects
  • Gain a sense of pride and satisfaction from helping others in your local community
  • Help to promote and add value to Waltham Forest Libraries

If you are interested?




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