We are delighted to welcome you back to Southend Libraries.

From Wednesday 2nd December, you can visit any Southend library to make your reading selections, as we reopen for browsing. Branch Libraries will be open from 10am – 4pm, with The Forum open from 8.30am – 5pm, Monday - 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 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 libraries directory

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

Loan Renewals

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

Contact a Library

Telephone: 01702 215011

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