The Spicer Library is a lending library for our graduate students working
in the fields of applied linguistics and English language teaching (ELT). It
houses an invaluable collection of applied linguistics books, ELT materials
(in various languages), MA dissertations and PhD theses, with around 4,000
volumes in total. It complements the main University library, the
Albert Sloman Library.
Using the Spicer Library
The library is located in room 3.115, near Computer Lab D. Opening hours
vary each term, so please check departmental notice boards and e-mails
regularly for the latest information.
Mrs Lexa Olivera-Smith is the Spicer
Library supervisor. Please contact Lexa with any comments or suggestions
about the library.
We rely on student volunteers to help with the basic day-to-day running of
the library. Please e-mail the Spicer Library volunteers at spicer
(non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk) if you would like to find out more about
The Spicer Library has served our postgraduate students since the mid 1980s,
complementing and supplementing the services provided by the Albert Sloman
library. The history of the library has been one of steady expansion and today
we remain steadfastly committed to continuing its tradition of service.
It is named after Sam Spicer, second Professor of Applied Linguistics
(appointed to Essex in 1970) and second Chairman of the Department (until his
retirement in 1983). Following on the heels of Peter Strevens, he helped to
build the Department's reputation as one of the UK's finest in the field of
applied linguistics, annually attracting students from over 100 countries
worldwide. The library grew out of three original book collections which were
amalgamated, catalogued and organised by Jo McDonough, Steven McDonough and
Anita Sinclair, in effect, the pioneer librarians.
Find out more about
the history of the department.