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Service update:

All libraries are temporarily closed to the public. Some sites remain open to offer emergency public computer access by appointment. Find out more

New Library Management System Update:

From early April, the library catalogue will be unavailable as we transfer over to the new Library Management System.  This will mean that some library services will be unavailable for approximately 3 weeks. More details will be available soon

Essex Library Services during the national lockdown

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18 January 2021

Following latest Government guidelines, all libraries will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday 4 January 2021. Some sites* will remain open to offer emergency public computer access by appointment only.

Please check individual library opening hours.

The Registration Service and some Blue Badge Assessments that take place from our libraries will continue to operate and have face to face appointments. The Mobile Library Service will temporarily be paused. The Home Library Service will continue to operate where possible.

You can book a library computer session online or by ringing the library enquiry line on 0345 603 7628. You will need a permanent library card number to complete your booking.


Unfortunately the click and collect service is not available at this time.


What this means for your library account/loans:

  • Items due on or from Monday 4 January will have their loan period extended until Wednesday 31 March
  • Reservations – you will be still be able to reserve items but will not be able to collect the items until libraries are open.

While library services are limited please continue to use the fantastic range of e-resources that we have on offer, including e-books, e-audio, e-comics, newspapers and magazines. These are all available from our catalogue home page.

If you’re not a library member you can join online to access these e-resources with an online temporary membership number. 

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*Basildon, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Dunmow, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, South Benfleet and Witham.


Page updated: 26 January 2021