What's on at your library

East Tilbury, Grays and Blackshots libraries

East Tilbury library will be closed all day on Saturday 16 October. Grays library will close at 5pm on Thursday 21 October. Blackshots library will be closed all day on Saturday 23 October. We apologise for any inconvenience.

You can still order and renew library items online or use libraries order and collect to ask our staff to choose items.

Reading Friends

Reading Friends connects people by starting conversations through reading. Connections can be made by sharing a magazine article, a photo, short story, poem – anything that gets a conversation going. It's a great way to meet new people, make friends and have fun.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this a very difficult time for many of us. We've been isolated from our friends and family, and separated from familiar ways of living and working. Reading Friends helps people to re-connect through their interests.

Reading Friends with Thurrock Libraries

Our library staff are organising Reading Friends online groups that can help you take a little time out and make connections with others.

All you need to take part in an online group is a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection and your own email account.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are lifted and its safe to meet inside libraries, we will organise regular groups that can meet together in person.

Reading Friends with Thurrock Libraries is part of the UK-wide Reading Friends programme from The Reading Agency.

How to join in

Our Reading Friends groups meet online every week for up to an hour on:

  • Tuesdays, from 11:15am
  • Saturdays, from 10:45am

If you’re interested in joining an online Reading Friends group,  or could volunteer to run a group, or just want to find out more, contact us below.