Ordering and renewing library items

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

Belhus library, part of South Ockendon Centre, is open from Monday 6 July. The opening hours will be 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am -1pm on Saturday. 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.

Books, music, films and more

It's free for you to order books, DVDs or CDs online and collect them from any Thurrock or Essex County Council library.

All you need to do is:

  • search the library catalogue for the title you want to borrow
  • when you've found it, click on the item to show further details
  • select ‘Reserve this item’ – you can enter your library card number and PIN code
  • choose which library you'd like to collect the item from

Search the library catalogue

When the item arrives at the library you will receive a call or text message. If you do not have a phone we can send you a letter.

We keep the items at the library for 10 days so you have time to collect.

Loan reminders

If you’ve given us your email address, we will send you a reminder 2 days before your loaned items are due to be renewed or returned.

You can add or update your email address in your library membership when you login to the online catalogue – when you login, select 'Personal information' and 'Update your details'. Our staff can help with this on your next visit to a library.

Electronic items – e-books and e-audio

e-books and e-audio are also available online for you to download. If you do not have a library card you can join online now and use the temporary number to access these.

Jigsaws

Jigsaws are available to borrow free of charge from Grays, Corringham, East Tilbury and Tilbury libraries. These can be borrowed for 12 weeks.

If you have a jigsaw that is complete and in good condition – box and pieces – you can donate it any Thurrock library for the enjoyment of other library users.