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Service update:

Following Government guidance for the roadmap out of lockdown, from Monday 12 April, all our libraries have reopened to the public with new opening times. Find out more

New Library Management System Update:

The library catalogue is now available. A comprehensive help guide is available by clicking the question mark on the top right of the catalogue page.  More details about the new Library Management System (LMS) can be found on our FAQs

Learning resources and homework support

Whether you are at primary or secondary school, use the library to find the information you need to do your homework. Our online information service is also available 24/7.

Reference Library Online

The library service subscribes to a wide range of online resources that you can use free of charge with your Essex Libraries card.

You can use many of them from home and they include encyclopaedias, dictionaries, current affairs and historical newspapers.

Language Learning

For a fun way to start to learn a language, try Kidspeak, part of Transparent Language.

Free web resources

If you're looking for activities and free resources to help your child's learning, these websites can help:




  • Dr Frost Maths - free videos, interactive maths practice for KS 1-4 and a bank of revision questions
  • Maths with Parents - free videos and activities for topics across the full maths curriculum from EYFS to Year 6, together with online support if needed
  • National Numeracy – activities for children aged 4 to 11, to encourage families to have fun discovering real-life maths


  • Tate Kids - free art activities, games and quizzes, and other art fun. Children can submit their artwork on the online gallery

News and Current Affairs

Online Safety


If you don’t have a library card join online.

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