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

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. Access to physical collections in Colchester and Southend is now available via click & collect services.

 

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:

From Mon 3 August we will be launching our click & collect service at Colchester. Find out more about how the service will work and book your slot.

Otherwise, the library remains closed with the below measures in place:

  • All book loan due dates have been extended to 12 October (this includes 7 day loans from the Student Collection).
  • Currently checked out books cannot be recalled or requested by other users before 12 October.
  • 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, including click & collect.
  • We will not be able to fulfill intercampus requests.
  • We would encourage you to hold on to interlibrary loans 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 libline@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 12 October.
  • 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 you are leaving the country, please get in touch via chat or email to arrange a time to return your books.
  • 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 libline@essex.ac.uk to request renewal of your item. Do not worry about the item becoming overdue.

 

The Forum Library:

The Forum closed to ALL student and staff access at 5pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice. A click and collect service is available with members able to request books online or by phone and collect between 10-4 Monday to Saturday. Details of how to access this service are available here. Students and staff will still not be able to access the library for browsing or study or access the Learning Hub, lecture rooms or staff offices.

  • All book loan due dates from the University of Essex Collection have been extended until 12th October 2020. Books from the Public Library collection have been extended until 7th September 2020. 
  • Please do not return your books unless you are not returning to University next year, in which case you can return books to the outside dropbox to the right of the library main entrance. Books 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: