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Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus, all Essex libraries and mobile libraries will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience and will let you know as soon as normal service resumes. Find out more in our news story.

Frequently asked questions.

Reserve a library item

Coronavirus update:

The reservation service has been temporarily suspended whilst libraries are closed due to the Coronavirus situation.


You can reserve books, audio books, CDs and DVDs free of charge.

Search for and reserve a library item

Once you’ve found the item you want to reserve, click on the ‘reserve’ link next to the item.

You’ll be asked to choose a pick-up location. When your item is available to collect, you will receive a notification by email, text, phone or letter depending on the preferred contact method you selected when you registered.

You can cancel your reservation at any time from your account.

If the item you want is not available you can use the request a library item form to:

  • request a book that is not available in any Essex library; we shall then try to locate and request the book from another library authority
  • make article requests

Find out more about charges for requests

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