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Updates from the Library relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The latest news on how Library Services are adapting in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) .

Overview of services

Latest update: 28/08/21

Though Covid-19 has required us to adapt our services, the library is open for you to access resources and study space. 

If you are a University of Essex student or staff member you can:

We can also welcome back alumni and other external visitors to study and browse at our Colchester Library.

All our opening hours are available online, and you can find more detailed information about the services provided at Colchester, Loughton, and Southend below.

More information and advice on studying during Covid-19 is available at studentspace.org.uk. You can also access our student services webpages to find out who you need to contact if you need support. 

Colchester: Current Service

The Albert Sloman Library:

Latest update: 09/09/21
  • As our services gradually begin to return to normal for the coming academic year, we ask that all users of our library continue to adopt Covid safe behaviour. We strongly encourage you to continue to wear a face covering and socially distance, keeping good hand hygiene by using our antibacterial wipes and dispensers around the building. We will also ask you to complete our 'quick check in' on arrival for track and trace purposes.
  • Students, staff and external visitors are welcome to visit us during our opening hours for study and browsing.  We encourage you to sit at any of our socially distanced marked desks on any of our floors.
  • Our COVID-19 measures mean we need to keep rooms well ventilated so windows will need to remain open and air conditioning on. This means these study spaces may be colder than expected so please bear this in mind when using the space. 

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us.

Loughton: Current Service

Latest update: 16/09/21

As our services gradually begin to return to normal for the coming academic year, we ask that all users of our library continue to adopt Covid safe behaviour. We strongly encourage you to continue to wear a face covering and socially distance, keeping good hand hygiene by using our antibacterial wipes and dispensers around the building. We will also ask you to complete our quick check in on arrival for track and trace purposes. You can find out more on our "visiting us" page.

Tips for your visit:

  • If you don’t have your registration card please knock and library staff will assist you. You will not be able to borrow books or use laptop loans. Please note that you will be unable to access the library without a card during our self-service hours. You can check these times on our opening hours page
  • You can renew your books online: just sign in to your 'my account' page. 
  • if you want to print you should send your documents in advance using the mobile printing service.
  • No food is allowed in the library and all drinks must have a lid.
  • You can now request books that are out on loan or available at other campuses. Intercampus requests can take up to 5 working days. 
  • Items from our Loughton collection will be issued for 1 week. 
  • Our usual opening hours are:
    • Monday to Friday 8:30 - 18:00
    • Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
    • As we are a small team these hours can be subject to change, so please check our opening hours online before you visit.
  • As always you can still contact the library by email, phone, or live-chat and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Southend: Current Service

The Forum Library:

(Latest update 07/09/2021)

Opening hours of The Forum for browsing and choosing books is 9 – 5pm (Mon - Sat) where members of staff will be available. Outside of these hours, University members can still browse and issue books to themselves using the self service machines 24/7. The Learning Hub (second floor) remains open 24/7 and study spaces should be booked in advance. The click and collect service will continue to run alongside browsing.

The click and collect service allows members to request up to 7 books online or by phone and collect between 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday. Details of how to access this service are available here

  • All loans have temporarily been set to 5 weeks.  
  • The majority of items required for module reading will be available online through our reading list system/Moodle.

The Learning Hub:

  • The Learning Hub is open for study 24/7. You need to book a study space in advance.
  • Access to the Learning Hub outside of normal opening hours is via the Out-of-hours access door. You will need your student card. A video on how to use this door is available here.
  • The Info Point desk is now staffed 12-2pm Monday-Friday for short enquiries. You will still be able to contact us via chat between 9am-6pm Monday to Friday or (for longer enquiries) you can email us at libline@essex.ac.uk. If you need more extensive help with research and referencing skills, you can make an appointment with a Librarian through the ‘Book a Librarian’ form on our website. Due to social distancing rules, staff will only be conducting these appointments via Zoom.
  • We ask that you still observe Covid safe behaviour while using the Learning Hub and strongly encourage you to continue wearing face coverings and social distancing as well as maintaining good hand hygiene and making use of antibacterial wipes and dispensers provided throughout the building. We ask that students only use PCs marked with a green dot.

Goverment and University Guidance regarding Covid-19

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: