What's in your library

New library catalogue system

We're changing our system for ordering and renewing library items. While we make the change, you won't be able to access our library catalogue online or in any library from Tuesday 6 April to Wednesday 21 April. For more details, go to new library catalogue system.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety

Libraries have re-opened with rules to help keep you and our staff safe.

Library Opened from
Aveley library, part of Aveley Community Hub Tuesday 2 March 2021
Belhus library, part of South Ockendon Centre Monday 1 March 2021
Blackshots library Monday 1 March 2021
Chadwell library, part of Chadwell Information Centre Thursday 4 March 2021
Corringham library Monday 1 March 2021
East Tilbury library Tuesday 2 March 2021
Grays library Monday 1 March 2021
Tilbury library Monday 1 March 2021
Purfleet library Remains closed
Stanford-le-Hope library Remains closed

Check library opening hours before you visit as there may be temporary changes.

You can access newspapers and magazines, get e-books and e-audio online. You can also take part in job club sessions and Reading Friends sessions online.

Keeping you and our staff safe

When you visit a library:

  • our staff will limit the number of people allowed inside
  • you must wear a face covering at all times when inside
  • a one-way system will be in place inside some library areas
  • you must stay 2 metres from other library users and staff at all times
  • hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance
  • cleaning stations will be available beside our self-service machines, for those who are printing

All returned items will be kept in quarantine for 3 days before being available to borrow again.

You should visit the library alone, if possible. Adults who need special assistance can visit to use a computer with their carer.

What you can do

You will be able to:

  • return items on loan
  • browse our shelves
  • reserve new items online from Thursday 22 April 2021
  • collect items that you had reserved online or using our 'order and collect' service
  • use public computers and printers for up to 60 minutes
  • use study areas, although these are limited
  • use public wi-fi

You can book in advance if you wish to use a library computer, either by using the form below or by phoning the library no more than one day in advance.

Book a library computer

Use of public computers is free. Payment for the use of printers must be made through the self-service machines.

What you can't do

For now, you will not be able to access:

  • photocopiers and fax machines
  • DVDs and CDs
  • events and activities that aren't online
  • the local history area, including maps and microfiche, at Grays library

Items that are due or overdue for return

All items borrowed after 15 October 2020 have had their loan dates extended automatically to 1 May 2021. Normal charges apply for overdue items outside of this period.

If you wish to renew items, you can:

Overdue charges from Saturday 21 March 2020 until the end of August 2020 have been waived. Fines incurred before Saturday 21 March 2020 must be paid.