Libraries

We are delighted to welcome you back to Southend Libraries.

From 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, you can visit any Southend library to make your reading selections, as we reopen for browsing.

The Forum is now open from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Measures are in place to ensure your safety and that of our teams:

Face coverings should be worn whilst in the library and with admission limited to aid social-distancing, we ask you to restrict your visit to 20 minutes or less. 

Our self-service machines are available for you to issue your selections and sanitizing stations are conveniently situated within each library.

All returned items will be quarantined before being returned to open shelves.

People’s Network

If you would like to use a library PC, the People's Network is available at The Forum, through an advance booking system. Please book your 1-hour, self-service slot, by calling 01702 534117.

See all our Welcome Back Videos on our YouTube channel.

Click and Collect

Our 'Click & Collect' service will continue for those customers who would like to receive a reading selection made by our knowledgeable and experienced teams. We will select up to 7 items from your specifications and arrange a convenient time for you to collect. For more information see our Click and Collect page or call 01702 215011

Online Resources

For remote access to resources, our extensive Online Reference Library is free to all Southend Libraries members, including Ancestry Library Edition which is available for home access until the end of the year.

To view our full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio, e-magazines and newspapers please visit our online catalogue.

Re-introduction of Library fines

From 1 October Southend Libraries will re-introduce charging fines for Library items returned after their due date. Please contact the Library by email if you are experiencing any difficulties returning your Library items.

Loan Renewals

You can continue to renew any items on loan, by phone 01702 215011 or online.

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Contact a Library

Telephone: 01702 215011

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