The three campuses
The University of Essex is split across three campuses. How your library works will depend on which campus you study at. In this guide, and on our Help pages, the campuses are colour coded to make finding the information relevant to you easier to find.
Colchester - Blue
Southend - Green
Loughton - Red
Joining the University Library - Colchester & Loughton
If you are a current student and have completed your university registration, you are already signed up and can use the library, both in person and online.
Your university ID card is your library card. You will need it to borrow items, and to enter the library at certain times.
Your University username (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) and password are used to log into the library website and computers in the Library.
How we contact you
We use your University email account to notify you when requested items are available to collect, when the due date for an item you have on loan is approaching, and when items have become overdue. It is important that you check your email regularly.
Finding Print Books and Setting your PIN at Southend
Print books at Southend can be searched using the 'Southend Books' tab on the Library home page. You need to set up a PIN to use many of the Southend Library services. For more information, watch the short video below.
We have libraries at each of our 3 campuses; Colchester, Southend, and Loughton. You can borrow books from the library at the campus you are registered at.
The University of Essex
|The Forum Southend
|East 15 Acting School
The Forum is a shared library, which is run by Southend Borough Council on behalf of the University, South Essex College and for public library users in Southend.
Resources and services
At Colchester and Southend you can use the Find Your Way app to find us.
Check our opening hours page for full opening hours across all 3 campuses, as all sites vary in opening hours throughout the year.
Colchester and Loughton library have a range of study spaces to suit your needs, including bookable individual study pods at Colchester. See our FAQ on how you can book an Individual Study Pod.
Southend has a variety of study spaces on the 2nd floor of The Forum building in the Learning Hub.
Navigating your library
Colchester - The ground floor of the library provides access to study spaces in our Reading Room and Postgraduate Study Room. You can also collect books that you have reserved and ask questions at the Helpdesk. Floors 1 - 5 provide a range of study spaces and access to shelves for browsing and borrowing. See our COVID-19 update page for the latest information.
Southend - Books for all courses are located on the first floor of the library, this can be accessed via the lifts or central staircase. The Learning Hub is located on the 2nd floor. On this floor you will find the Info Point, lockers, free printing services and study spaces. The 2nd floor is accessible via the central staircase and the lifts. You will need your student card to access this floor.
You can access The Forum out of hours using your student card via the North access (SMACS) door. You can watch a video of how to use the door here.
Loughton - The library and IT Centre is located on the first floor above the SU Café, and can be accessed via a staircase or an elevator.
Health and Safety
Health and Safety
The consequences of a fire could potentially be very serious. For this reason we have high standards of fire protection in our buildings. For them to be effective, we all need to be vigilant and follow our fire safety procedures and know what to do in the event of a fire.
If you discover a fire
1. Sound the alarm from the manual call point nearest to you (or on your way to the exit).
2. Do not attempt to tackle a fire.
3. Leave the area immediately.
4. If safe to do so close fire doors behind you.
5. Evacuate the area/building immediately and you should not remain on the landings.
Rules & etiquette
Food and drink
The library allows hot and cold drinks throughout the building, and cold food in some areas. Hot or strong smelling food is not allowed. You may be asked to leave and consume your food elsewhere. Alcohol is prohibited.
Hot and cold drinks and food are permitted in the Learning Hub.
The library allows hot and cold drinks in bottles or lidded cups. No food is allowed.