Welcome to the independent non-denominational events venue and book lending facility, run by the community, for the community, based in South Chingford, and open to everyone in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and beyond

Our Story
At the third Anniversary open day in April 2015

SCCL was formed by a dedicated band of hard-working volunteers following the closure of the nearby South Chingford Branch Library in December 2011. You can read further details of what happened from the very beginning.

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We are currently closed for an indefinite period

Monday:           closed
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Tuesday:          closed
view Tuesday events
Wednesday:    closed 
view Wednesday events
Thursday:        closed 
view Thursday events
Saturday:         closed 
view Saturday events

Upcoming Events and Latest News

During this period of Council Library closure, members of Waltham Forest libraries can borrow "real physical" books from the shelves of the Waltham Forest Council libraries by making a request online, and having books delivered to the door. For details, please click here.

SCCL AGM 2020  
The Annual General Meeting would have been held on 20th May. If you wish to read the report that was to be delivered then, you may download it here.

If you require any help which you previously accessed via the library, please click here ...

A South Chingford Poetry blog has just started. To see it, click here.

From Thursday 19 March 2020 afternoon, the library has been closed for an extended period in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you to all our members, volunteers, visitors, and every other user of our facilities for your support. We look forward to re-opening and welcoming you all back when better times return.

Take care and stay safe!

A Review of last year  detailing events in the library since the last AGM in 2018, and our Spring 2019 status, is available in the shadow's report from the 2019 AGM, available for download here.

Raise money for the library for free every time you shop online - here's how

A Virtual Tour of the Library is available

YouTube vVirtual Tour

We stock a range of recent periodicals and foreign language newspapers available in the library. Do come in to see what we have. Read more....

Downloading, reading and printing files

All the downloadable documents on this site are in Adobe standard pdf format. If you cannot view them, you can download a free viewer from Adobe.


Funded by Waltham Forest
SCCL is an independent organisation and registered charity,run by unpaid volunteers drawn from the local community. Day to day running costs and future development revenues are generated by donations, membership subscriptions, hire of facilities, and supply of services.

We are grateful to Waltham Forest Council for the initial supply of books and equipment, and subsequent ward funding, financial support for the Job Club, and for funding the IT equipment used for Silver Surfers' Training Courses and by other library users. 

Where to find us

We are located in an arcade of shops between the Well pharmacy and Benjamin Pharmacy, directly opposite Barclays Bank, about 25 metres south of the main Chingford Mount Traffic lights.

SCCL from Chingford Mount Traffic Lights
   view of SCCL location from the Chingford Mount
   traffic lights (corner of Ch
ingford Mount Road
   and New Road)

London bus routes 97, 158, 215, 357, 385, & 397 pass the door. 

Keep up to date

To receive our occasional emailed updates to keep abreast of news from SCCL, you can send us an email and we will add you to our emailing list. You can be removed from the list at any time, on request. 

If you are already receiving emails from the library, and wish this to continue, then no action is required.
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Virtual Tour

See our facilities and what events take place in the library.

Virtual Tour of SCCL

The tour may also be viewed on YouTube

website last updated: 22 December 2020

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