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Accessing library buildings and facilities

You can access Essex Libraries even if you can’t get to a library building, or have difficulty reading standard print.

For people with learning disabilities

The library service offers an Easy Read Guide to the Library.

For information on inclusive communication, visit Inclusive Communication Essex where you can find out about free resources, including communication equipment.

The Essex Local Offer lists services and support for children and young adults up to the age of 25 who have special educational need or disabilities.

Sensory walls

Our sensory walls in Chelmsford Library, Basildon Library, Loughton Library and Colchester Library support children and adults with specific needs, such as learning disabilities, sensory impairment and dementia.

The walls include features such as:

  • an activity panel
  • a sound-activated infinity tunnel
  • an LED light panel that reacts to touch and noise
  • animal sounds
  • mirrors
  • an interactive video floor 

This short film shows Chelmsford sensory wall in use.

There are regular open public sessions when different aspects of the walls are available. The walls can also be transformed into fully functioning sensory rooms and can be booked in advance for exclusive use by groups.

For information contact libraries.feedback@essex.gov.uk

Physical access to libraries

Library buildings

All library buildings are accessible and have induction loops.

Find your local library for more information about access and sensory wall sessions.

Mobile library stops

If you can’t get to a library building then you may be able to visit a mobile library.

Find your nearest mobile library stop

Disabled access to the mobile library

Home Library Service

If you can’t get to the library you can still access library services.

Find out more about the Home Library Service

Library Access Card

Adults and children who have significant difficulties accessing standard print are able to have a Library Access Card giving free access to all audio and DVD collections.

Ask in your local library for more information.