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Virtual Library

Welcome to the Walthamstow Academy Virtual Library. With over 200 books available in a wide variety of genres, we’re bringing our library straight to your home or mobile phone.

Borrowing an online book:

Reading needn’t be limited to physical books. With this Virtual Library there is no need to worry about closures, renewal or late returns, simply click on one of the following links to search for a specific book you have in mind, or just have a browse.

Requesting an online book:

Our Virtual Library gives you access to many books and only stands to grow! If you have any books in particular you’d like to find, please email Miss Bridger at: Shannon.bridger@walthamstow-academy.com who will be happy to help you. 

Leave a book review!

If you've recently finished a book, we'd love to hear what you think! Please use this link below to easily access our online book review form: Click here 

Other online resources:

  • Choose from a selection of books to read straight off your browser and delve deeper using their library of study material.


  • Enjoy hundreds of classics to read, from Dickens to Austen to Wilde. Search their Popular Titles section for inspiration.

  • An ever-growing collection of downloadable ebooks with a focus on the classics. Guteneberg also hosts a huge science fiction selection.

  • Every week, you can find fun new writing and reading activities, free books, and exclusive videos with famous authors, starting with Tracey Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson. 

  • The Literary Trust boasts hundreds of activities, creative writing resources, competitions, and quizzes. Visit the Careers Corner for skills boosters, CV building activities, and careers advice.  

  • This app allows you to transform your local library card into access to thousands of ebooks and audio books. Full of best-selling authors, the app also includes settings to create dyslexia friendly texts, too.  

  • From classics to modern titles, with Libby you can borrow and enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. You can also use the app to download ebooks, allowing you to continue your reading offline. 

  • With your library card, you can gain access to not just ebooks and audiobooks, but to a whole collection of graphic novels and comics, and a huge selection of non-fiction straight to your desktop.  

  • If you would like to apply for a Library Card via Waltham Forest, simply follow this link. This will allow you to access apps and websites (mentioned above) designed to bring your local library to your smartphone or computer.  

  • With Audible, stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. You'll find an incredible array of stories, including ebooks available in over eight different languages. 

  • Download for free onto your smartphone, there are a range of free books for you and your child to download. There is also a vast selection of books available for 99p or £1 each. 

  • All KS3 students have access to non-fiction articles on the Accelerated Reader website by logging in with their username and password and clicking on the 'Accelerated Reader Articles' tab (the third tab on the home screen). This gives you a choice of lots of different articles with quizzes attached. 

Recommended Reads

Take a look at our extensive reading lists if you would like ideas on what to read next. If you would like to recommend a book to be added to the list, please email louise.dhoomun@walthamstow-academy.org as we would be happy to include your favourite reads.

WA Black History Month Reading List.pdf 1691KB WA Black History Month Reading List
Reading List - Sport for All.pdf 303KB Sport for All
Reading List - Refugee Week 2020.pdf 448KB Refugee Week 2020
Reading List - Cultural Awareness - Fighting Racism.pdf 1536KB Cultural Awareness - Fighting Racism
Reading List - Cultural Awareness - Black Voices.pdf 1602KB Cultural Awareness - Black Voices
Reading List - Bibliotherapy -for Mental Health and Well-being.pdf 199KB Bibliotherapy - for Mental Health and Well-being
Reading list - Bibliotherapy - Kindness.pdf 151KB Bibliotherapy - Kindness
Reading list - Bibliotherapy - Kindness.pdf 151KB Bibliotherapy - Kindness
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