Southend Libraries are now open.

The Forum will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Leigh, Kent Elms, Westcliff, Southchurch and Shoeburyness Libraries will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

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

  • we ask that face coverings continue to be worn whilst in the library and admission will be limited to aid social-distancing
  • our self-service machines are available for you to issue your selections and sanitizing stations are conveniently situated within each library

In addition to our usual services:

Lateral Flow tests will be available for asymptomatic people to collect from The Forum, Leigh, Southchurch, Kent Elms and Westcliff Libraries.

Southend Adult Community College will be offering 1-1 support to residents who require assistance in completing their Census 2021 forms, on:

Tuesdays between 1pm to 4pm at Kent Elms Library

Thursdays between 10am to 1pm at Shoeburyness Library.

People’s Network

If you would like to use a library PC, the People's Network is available at all branches, through an advance booking system. Please book your 1-hour, self-service slot, by contacting the branch of your choice. For branch details please visit the directory.

Please note staff are not available to assist your use of the People’s Network.

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 please visit: 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 currently available for home access. To view our full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio, emagazines & newspapers please visit our catalogue and follow the links:


We are always pleased to welcome new members. To begin enjoying our services, please visit our catalogue and follow the simple online registration procedure: 

Contact a Library

Telephone: 01702 215011

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