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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Library Updates

The latest news on how COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting Library Services.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Library Closure Arrangements

The Albert Sloman Library and Loughton Library are closed for the foreseeable future. The Forum in Southend is also closed until further notice. Students and staff will not be able to access the library, Learning Hub, lecture rooms or staff offices.

 

We are offering remote support through live chat, phone, email, and librarian appointments (via Zoom) Monday to Friday from 9 to 5pm.

 

The Albert Sloman Library:

Closed with the below measures in place:

  • All book loan due dates have been extended to 7th of September  (this includes 7 day loans from the Student Collection).
  • Currently checked out books cannot be recalled or requested by other users before 7th of September.
  • No fines will be incurred during the period that the Library remains closed.
  • Please do not return your books unless you have a compelling reason to do so. Books can be returned through the external book drop, but we recommend keeping them throughout the closure period.
  • If there is a book that you need from our collections, please contact us via live chat or email and we can advise on alternative resources and access arrangements.
  • We will not be able to fulfill intercampus requests.
  • We would encourage you to hold on to your loan until the library has re-opened. The normal fee associated with interlibrary loan item renewals is being waived, so we would advise that you contact us at illlib@essex.ac.uk to request renewal of your item. Do not worry about the item becoming overdue.

 

Loughton Library:

Closed with the below measures in place:

  • All book loan due dates have been extended to 7th of September.
  • Currently checked out books cannot be recalled or requested by other users before 5th of June.
  • No fines will be incurred during the period that the Library remains closed.
  • Please do not attempt to return your books as the building is closed. 
  • If there is a book that you need from our collections, please contact us via live chat or email and we can advise on alternative resources and access arrangements.
  • We will not be able to fulfil intercampus requests.
  • We would encourage you to hold on to your loan until the library has re-opened. The normal fee associated with interlibrary loan item renewals is being waived, so we would advise that you contact us at illlib@essex.ac.uk to request renewal of your item. Do not worry about the item becoming overdue.

 

The Forum Library:

The Forum will close to ALL student and staff access from 5pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice.   Students and staff will not be able to access the library, Learning Hub, lecture rooms or staff offices.

  • All book loan due dates have been extended until 16th July 2020.
  • Please do not return your books - they have been renewed for you so you will not incur fines
  • Laptop loans will no longer be available
  • We will not be able to fulfill intercampus requests
  • You can still access online library services and contact us via chat or by email

 

The University is monitoring and following all advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation and will review all guidance daily. Please see the information below for the latest updates: