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Service update:

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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

Get more from your library with the new mobile app!

Hand holding a black mobile phone with the library app menu on the screen.
27 June 2020

We are pleased to announce an exciting addition to our library service - the Iguana Library mobile app! This new app will allow you to search the catalogue, reserve and renew items and manage your account wherever you are!  You’ll also be able to view library opening times and location information, linking directly to Google Maps to help you find your way. If you manage an account on behalf of someone else, you will also be able to link accounts and access them both from your phone.

A unique feature of this app is the ISBN barcode scanner. Wherever you’re browsing bookshelves, simply scan the barcode and the app will search the library catalogue for the item. You can then place a reservation* or add the book to your reading list in seconds!

You can also opt in for push notifications and, once the service is operational, you will be able to receive alerts directly to your phone letting you know when a reservation is ready to collect, when a loan is due for return or renewal, and other important library information.

To download the app on an iOS or Android device, click on the links below:



Or go to your device app store and search for ‘Iguana Library’ and download. Once opened, select ‘Essex and Thurrock Libraries’ and sign in using your library card number and password.

Download the app now for more access to your Library than ever before!

*Subject to availability.