What's in your library

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – libraries

All libraries are closed until further notice. You can access newspapers and magazines and e-books and e-audio online.

Return dates for loaned items have been extended until the end of July so you don't need to renew. All fines for overdue items will be waived. You cannot reserve or return books at present – please keep hold of your borrowed items and do not put them in library book drops or letterboxes.

Health information in your library

Books are an important source for health information.

Reading Well books on prescription

Reading is good for mental health. As part of the 'books on prescription' scheme we have books chosen by professionals that cover subjects like:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • stress

If you have read a book from the Reading Well collection share your thoughts about it at Reading Well: tell us what you think about Reading Well.

Dementia collection

Also part of 'books on prescription', from 28 January 2015 we will have a new collection of books that provide dementia information and support.

We have supporting collections of:

  • jigsaws
  • flash cards
  • aqua paints

These are suggested by professionals to help you communicate with loved ones or those you care for. Collections are at Blackshots library and Corringham library.

You can get more information from the Reading Agency.

Macmillan cancer collection

Our collection of Macmillan leaflets and books will give you cancer support and information. You can find out more from Macmillan.