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Information specific to students based at our Southend campus.

COVID 19 Update

The Forum Library:

Latest update 04/04/2021

Following latest Government guidance:


From Tuesday 4th May the opening hours of The Forum will extend to the following:

Browsing 9 – 5pm

The Info Point will now be staffed for 2 hours a day (12 - 2pm, Mon - Fri).

The Library has now reopened for browsing and choosing your own books at Southend between 10am-4pm Monday - Saturday (closed Sundays). There is no need to book but numbers will be restricted to 25 people browsing at any one time. Students and staff should limit browsing time to no more than 20 minutes. These restrictions apply to the first and ground floor only – the Learning Hub remains open 24/7 and study spaces should be booked in advance. The click and collect service will continue to run alongside browsing.

All book loans from the Forum will be extended until 10th May 2021. Short and Long loans have temporarily been set to 5 weeks. 

The click and collect service allows members to request books online or by phone and collect between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Monday to Saturday. Details of how to access this service are available here.

  • All book loan due dates have been extended until 10th May 2021. 
  • All loans have temporarily been set to 5 weeks. 
  • Laptop loans are available to borrow and will be subject to a 72 hour quarantine period on return.  
  • We will not be able to process intercampus requests at this time due to the current lockdown. 
  • You can still access online library services and contact us via chat or by email. 
  • The majority of items required for module reading will be available online through our reading list system/Moodle so we would continue to advise you to use online resources wherever possible.

The Learning Hub:

  • The Learning Hub is open for study. You need to book a study space in advance.
  • Access to the Learning Hub will be available 24/7 (Access outside of Library opening hours is via the Out of Hours Access door. Instructions For using this door are available here. 
  • The Info Point desk is now staffed from 12 - 2 PM, Monday - Friday for short enquiries only. You will still be able to contact us via chat between 9am-6pm Monday to Friday or (for longer enquiries) you can email us at If you need more extensive help with research and referencing skills, you can make an appointment with a Librarian through the ‘Book a Librarian’ form on our website. Due to social distancing rules, staff will only be conducting these appointments via Zoom.
  • Face Coverings must be worn at all times while using the Learning Hub and social distancing guidelines should be observed. We ask that students only use PCs marked with a green dot.

New Resources! February 2020

We now have access to the following new subscriptions:

The Stage (Online)

Topics in stroke rehabilitation

WFOT bulletin

Critical and radical social work

Disability and rehabilitation

Disability and rehabilitation: assistive technology

Have any other suggestions for resources we should be buying? Make a suggestion here:

Library Update - January 2020

As of Monday 20th January University long loan books borrowed from The Forum will change to 3 week loan periods. This is to bring them in line with public library books and simplify loan periods. As always, students will receive a notification before books are due back and can renew online.

Library Update - December 2018

University of Essex students have access to the Learning Hub 24/7, and from December 3rd will also have access to the books in the Forum 24/7 too.

University of Essex students will now be able to borrow books and study at a time that suits them.

The opening hours of the Library in The Forum are changing from December 3rd 2018. From Monday the new opening hours for the Library will be:

Monday to Friday - 8am - 7pm

Saturday - 8am - 5pm

Sunday - 11am - 4pm