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All Thurrock libraries will be closed on Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December, Wednesday 27 December and Monday 1 January. Aveley library will also be closed on Friday 29 December. You can still order and renew library items online.

Library events:

Each week until 29 March 2024, many local libraries are offering residents a free hot drink in a safe and supportive Warm Space.

We are aware of a problem affecting the My Library App, used by residents of more than 20 local authorities. If you cannot use the app, please use the library catalogue website instead.

Belhus Library - part of the South Ockendon Centre

Belhus library is a part of the South Ockendon Centre, which opened its doors for the first time on 25 March 2013. The South Ockendon Centre has public access computers, self-service facilities, and 2 public toilets with access for disabled people.

The library originally opened at its current premises in February 1955.


South Ockendon Centre, Derry Avenue, South Ockendon, RM15 5DX


01708 851 212

Opening times

DayOpening times
Monday10am to 5pm
Tuesday10am to 5pm
Wednesday10am to 5pm
Thursday10am to 5pm
Friday10am to 5pm
Saturday10am to 1pm


Car park: 
Car park at the front of the centre.
Disabled access: 
Yes. Single storey building.

Library services

Access to Research
Board games
Bookstart - books for babies
Cancer collection - Macmillan
Children's dual language picture books
Club in the Hub
Colour Me Calm group
Computer training (Wiser4IT)
Craft club
Dementia collection
Document scanning
Enquiry point
Home-Link - housebound service
Knit and natter group
Large print books
Library Friends
Local history
Mental health support collection - Reading Well
Order and Collect service
Rhyme time
Rooms for hire
Stitch and sew group
Study room
Talking books on CD
Wi-Fi printing from your own device
Word processing