History research at your library

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

Belhus library, Corringham library and Grays library have reopened. Other libraries remain closed until further notice. You can access newspapers and magazines, get e-books and e-audio and take part in job club sessions online.

Go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) safety page for information on visiting re-opened libraries and items due for return. Items due between 1 January and 31 July have had their loan dates extended automatically to 1 September. Please do not put borrowed items in library book drops or letterboxes.

Local history

The main local history collection is at Grays library on the first floor.

There is a wide range of books, maps, illustrations, photographs and microfilmed documents:

  • Thurrock Gazette on microfilm 1886 to present – not indexed
  • Thurrock maps 1800s to 1980s – not complete
  • illustrations of Thurrock – indexed
  • pamphlets
  • Thurrock aerial photos 1955 and 1987

If you wish to use the microfilm machine, we advise you to phone Grays library in advance to book a 2-hour session with your Thurrock or Essex library card. A guest ticket can be provided if you live outside of Thurrock and Essex.

This machine can be booked for more than 2 hours at a time, as long as it's not already booked by someone else.

There is a small charge for printing from the microfilm reader – go to library charges.

Grays library
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: 01375 413 976

: grays.library@thurrock.gov.uk