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Loughton

Opening Hours and Self-Service

Opening hours

Our current opening hours are: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 to 23:00
  • Saturday - 11:00 to 17:00

These can be subject to change so please make sure you check using the link below before you travel. Please remember your registration card so that you can open the library door. This applies to the entire time we are open, not just self-service hours. 

Please note that we are only open to alumni and SCONUL visitors during staffed hours. You can check these using the opening hours link below. 

Self-service opening

As we are a small team at Loughton not all of our opening hours are staffed. You can still use the library during these times, but you must remember your registration card so that you can open the door, use the self-service kiosk, and use the laptop loans locker.

  • If you have lost your card contact the student hub to arrange a replacement. 
  • If your card isn't working then it may just need to update. Hold it against the card reader for over 10 seconds or until the blue light stops flashing, then wait and try it again. If it is still not working then contact the student hub to arrange a replacement. 
  • If you are an alumi, please time your visit when the library helpdesk is staffed. 

Even though staff aren't here we ask that you still follow the rules of the space (no food, only drinks with lids, quiet study only) and quick-check in when you arrive. 

Want to make sure you are visiting when staff are here? Use the opening times link below to see when we are self service only and when the helpdesk is staffed. 

Who can visit?

All University of Essex students and staff members are able to visit Loughton Library and IT Centre to and use to borrow resources, print, borrow a laptop, visit the helpdesk, or use a study space. 

Alumni

We are now also able to welcome East 15 alumni back to the library. To access Loughton library as an alumnus, please ensure you have applied and received your Alumni card through the Alumni website.https://www.essex.ac.uk/alumni

Once you have your card, please bring this along with proof of address and photo ID to sign up for library alumni membership at our Helpdesk.

Please ensure you visit during staffed hours, as you are unable to open the door without a registration card. You can check our self-service hours online. 

Students from other universities (SCONUL Access).

If you are a student studying at university that is part of the SCONUL network you are also able to come and visit us and gain limited access to our resources as part of the SCONUL Access scheme. Please make sure you qualify for the scheme and register online using the SCONUL website before you visit us. 

The first time you visit you will have to register at the helpdesk. A list of the information you need to bring to register is available in our FAQ.

Please ensure you visit during staffed hours, as you are unable to open the door without a registration card. You can check our self-service hours online. 

If you have not been to Loughton Campus before we recommend you take a look at the East 15 website, which includes a 360 degree virtual tour of campus, so you know how to find the library when you arrive. 

Parking

We are unable to provide any parking for library visitors at the Loughton Campus.

If you need to come to Loughton by car it is possible to park locally. The East 15 website has advice on where you can legally park

If you have accessibilty requirements please contact us and we can arrange parking for you.