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Getting Started

A guide on getting started with your campus library



Welcome to your Library at Essex. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some differences to the way our libraries are offering their services. Don’t worry, we are still here to support you in your studies by providing the resources you need, study environments to suit you, and expert help and support.

Check out the video below for a brief introduction to some of our services and the ways that we're here to support you during advanced protection.

For interactive introduction to the library, why not have a go at our tutorial introducing the online library services? If you're on campus in Colchester, you can also check out our tutorial all about the physical space and how it's currently operating.

Social Media

You can follow the library via our social media channels, for up to date information on our services and events.

Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Wordpress  Youtube

Want to learn how to make the best use of the online library? Complete our tutorial to find out what's available and how to get it.

Need to do some reading for your modules? Weekly essential readings are available online through your reading list on Moodle.

Want to do some background reading or find sources for assignments? Search the online library on the Library website. You can also request books from our print collections using Click & Collect.

Want to get a copy of a book chapter or journal article that the Library doesn't have online? Request it via Scan & Deliver and we will email it to you.

Need to access a book the Library doesn't have? Use our Request a Resource service, and we'll get an online copy, or you can arrange to have it sent to you from another library.

Confused about how to access resources? Contact the Library via chat or email and we'll help you get what you need. You can also book a 1:1 consultation with one of our subject experts in the Academic & Research Services team.

Reading Lists

The easiest way to access the resources you will need is through your reading list. You can find your reading lists for all modules through the Moodle page for your module, or by visiting the Reading Lists homepage.

All of your essential reading material should be available for you to access online.

If you can't find your reading list here or you are struggling to access your reading materials, please talk to your lecturer and contact us.

You can also find help with your reading lists on our reading list guide.

Finding online resources

Once you’ve found your reading list, you can use the Library search on the Library's homepage to find other online resources to support your studies. There are three tabs on the Library search, as shown in the image below.

Search bar from the Library homepage showing three tabs: "search library", "Southend book", "Browzine"

Search Library

You can search for articles, journals, and databases using the Library search.

Southend Books

This searches the catalogue of books at our Southend campus library, The Forum. Use this tab if you're based at Southend and are looking for a book on the shelves.


Browzine allows you to search for journals. You can also download the app to search and use theBrowzine e-reader.To find out what a journal is, take a look at our search skills guide.

Accessing online resources

There are two main types of online resources: e-books and journal articles. Watch the videos below for guidance on how to access both!

Subject Guides

Check out your Subject Guide: a subject-specific bank of resources and guidance put together by our team of Academic Liaison Librarians, including our Southend Campus Librarian!

Your Academic Liaison Librarian provides subject-specific support and guidance in a range of areas, from recommending and evaluating resources, to search skills and referencing. The below image shows an example of one of our subject guides. Why not have a look at yours now?

A screenshot showing an example of a Subject Guide

Access to resources

If you are a University of Essex Online student, you will have access to a selection of our e-resources, but not our physical collection.

Our University of Essex Online page has further information to support you in your studies.