Let’s face it, the chances are you’re going to be spending quite a lot of time in the library during your stay here. That’s why we’ve made sure they’ve got everything you could ever dream of to help you with your studies.


Overlooking the lakes and parkland at the heart of our Colchester Campus, the Albert Sloman Library is six floors of e-resources, research resources (including thesis binding), specialist materials, and of course, a whole lot of books. It’s the perfect, friendly environment for quiet reading or last-minute essay rushes (you’d never do that though, would you?).


You lucky Southend lot have access to The Forum – a state-of-the-art public and academic library with outstanding research and learning facilities. With over 150,000 public, university and college books, and an entire floor dedicated to Essex students, we couldn’t be more confident you’ll find it a valuable and inspiring place to study.

What our students say

Jennifer Tranham

Jennifer Tranham

Third year BA English and United States Literature

More than just books

The opening hours at the library are great. The main library is open until 10pm, and during exam period, it stays open 24 hours. It’s excellent, as it means you can always access books or computers, or find somewhere quiet to just sit and study.

Whilst pulling an all-nighter definitely isn’t something I’d recommend, the large reading room in the library is open 24 hours a day during term time, and there’s always plenty of people in there to keep you company at 4am when you still have 2,000 words to write!

The staff are so helpful and always willing to help you find anything you need. If we don’t have it, you can fill out an interlibrary loan request and get if from the British Library for a small fee, or you can ask them to add it to their collection. There are also thousands of eBooks available, and always a helping hand to point you in the right direction!

What our students say

Jennifer Tranham

Ancuta-Florentina Savu

Second year BSc Marketing

If you can’t find the resource you’re after in the library, you don’t need to worry!

The staff are always able to help, either by finding it at one of the other libraries, or ordering it in for you.