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10 library things to do for adults

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11 October 2019

Libraries are a great place to socialise, learn new skills and enjoy reading. Here are 10 library things you can do with Essex Library Services.

1 - Join the library

Joining the library is free and easy and can be done online or in person at any library in Essex. There are different types of membership available so find one that suits you. Find your local library now.


2 - Borrow an e-book or e-audio

Libraries have a huge amount of books, but we also have an ever growing selection of e-books and e-audio. These are free to borrow 24/7 on your internet enabled device.


3 - Read a magazine, comic or newspaper online

We subscribe to over 250 online magazine, comic and graphic novel titles, including Cosmopolitan, Marvel and Manga. We also offer hundreds of online newspapers from all around the world to keep you up to date. Download free of charge with your Essex library card and enjoy wherever you are.


4 - Come along to a library event

Would you like to socialise, get creative or develop your skills? We offer a variety of events and groups, including knitting clubs, book groups and beginner computer courses. Find out what regular and seasonal events are on at your local library.


5 - Reserve a book

If you know of a book or subject you want to read or an author you want to try you can use the library catalogue to reserve books from home. These can then be sent to any Essex library and we will let you know when they are available to collect.


6 - Online Learning

We have a wide range of free courses available with your library card. These include Universal Class, with over 500 courses on a wide range of topics from business skills to alternative therapies, Theory Test Pro for people who are learning to drive and Transparent Language where you can learn from 80 languages at a level that suits you. 


7 – Use our online resources

Want to explore your family history or find reliable research materials? We offer a range of online resources that are free to use in the library or at home.


8 – Volunteer with us!

Volunteering is a rewarding way to contribute to your local community. As well as meeting amazing people and learning new skills you can also help make somebody else’s life better. We have a variety of roles within the library setting, including delivering Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes, becoming a computer support volunteer and guiding children in Code Clubs.

Volunteers can also join the Home Library Service to visit customers in their own homes, sheltered housing or care homes. This helps people who are isolated and unable to get to their local library to continue to enjoy library services and reading.


9 – Join or start a book group

Desperate to tell somebody about the amazing book you just read? Want to step out of your reading comfort zone? Looking for other reading enthusiasts? We support over 700 book groups with a great choice of reads. Join one today or why not start your own? Visit our book groups page or ask at your local library for more information.


10 – Keep in touch

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