Six libraries serve the city of Southend-on-Sea.

The Forum is open from:

8am - 7pm, Monday – Friday 

8am – 5pm, on Saturday 

Leigh, Westcliff, Kent Elms and Shoeburyness Libraries are open from:

9am - 5pm, Monday – Saturday

Southchurch Library is open from:

9am – 5pm, Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Saturday

We encourage the continued use of face coverings whilst in the library.

Our self-service machines are available for you to issue your selections; and sanitizing stations are conveniently situated within each 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. To view our full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio, emagazines and 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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