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COVID 19 Update

The Forum Library:

The Forum will close to ALL student and staff access from 5pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice.   Students and staff will not be able to access the library, Learning Hub, lecture rooms or staff offices.


  • All book loan due dates have been extended until 16th July 2020.
  • Please do not return your books - they have been renewed for you so you will not incur fines
  • Laptop loans will no longer be available
  • We will not be able to fulfill intercampus requests
  • You can still access online library services and contact us via chat or by email                                                                            

You can also access the wide range of online books, journals and learning resources.

To access Library resources online, follow links in your reading list or search by title or keyword through the Library website


Read our guide for further information and see our help pages for “how to” videos and online search skill tutorials.


Support will continue to be available from the library team to help you get the best from our learning resources you can contact us via live chat on the library website between 9-5 Monday to Friday or email 


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