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Book a one to one session with a librarian for expert advice and help.

Please note: our book a librarian service is currently in high demand. Please look at the resources below before requesting an appointment as they may answer any questions you have.

We offer a wide range of support:

  • Our Subjects Guides can direct you to databases and resources relevant for your assignments & studies
  • Our Skills Guides offer guidance and interactive tutorials to help you develop your study & research skills
  • Our Referencing guides show which referencing style to use for your department and how to reference correctly
  • We regularly run workshops on a variety of information skills topics, including referencing, literature searching, evaluating sources, and more
  • You can submit a question and we will get back to you via email
  • If you have general enquiries or you would like to report problems with accessing resources, please get in touch with us through our enquiry form or our Chat Services.


If this didn't answer your questions, you can book an appointment below.


'Book a librarian' service

You can book an appointment with an experienced member of library staff if you would like support with: 

  • Finding information on a topic
  • Finding data on a topic
  • Using a particular database/online resource
  • How to cite/reference

Each appointment is 30 minutes. You can book as a study/friend group, for example if you have the similar issues or questions, or it can be one-to-one. 

Our appointments are offered:

  • online via Zoom,
  • in-person at the Albert Sloman Library on Colchester Campus,
  • or in-person in the Learning Hub at our Southend Campus.

Face-to-face appointments require a week's notice. Please be prepared to wear a face-covering for in-person appointments.

What we cannot do

Booking Links

Students who are: 1st Year Undergraduate, Essex Pathways, or Essex International College


Students who are: 2nd Year onwards Undergraduate, Masters, or PhD


Students who are: University of Essex Online


If you are unable to find a timeslot for your preferred format (in-person/online), please check the alternative format. If you still cannot find a timeslot, please contact the library.