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Upcoming open days

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Colchester Campus
Saturday 25 October 2014 (booking now)
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Wednesday 5 November 2014 (booking now)

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We provide you with first class library facilities to complement and assist your studies. You can find out more by accessing our University library services.

Our library facilities offer:

  • high-quality facilities and long opening hours;
  • access to more than one million books and journals;
  • unique collections including the work of Sigmund Freud and the Royal Statistical Society; and
  • nationally significant collections covering Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Albert Sloman Library

The Colchester Campus library is just a few minutes' walk from teaching buildings and student accommodation; giving you to access more than one million books, periodicals and microfilms. This includes 8,000 current periodicals so you can read the latest research and articles in your subject area. We have resources covering all subject areas to support our academic programmes. Our collections covering Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe are of national significance.

The Library provides ideal conditions for quiet study with 1,070 reader places. In addition, 110 networked PCs and terminals provide access to over 47,000 online journals, databases, e-books and library catalogues. Viewing facilities for DVDs and videos are also available. We aim to support teaching and research but we also have books of general interest – just in case you need a break from your studies.

Extra copies of set texts and books we expect heavy demand for are available on a short loan collection and you can check the location of books in our University library catalogue.

Southend library services

Students in Southend have access to the brand new library and learning facility, The Forum. A partnership between the University, Southend Borough Council and South Essex College, The Forum contains over 140,000 books.

The Learning Hub on the second floor has several dedicated learning and reading spaces. It is for the sole use of students and staff of the University.

Our special collections

Our special collections and archives cover fascinating areas of contemporary history, society and culture. This includes the papers of the Social Democrat Party (SDP), QUALIDATA and the Boundary Commission for England and Wales. Recent additions include extensive papers relating to the work of Sigmund Freud, the historical collection of the Royal Statistical Society Library and the Library of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History.

Long opening hours

The Albert Sloman Library has long opening hours, a total of 84 hours over seven days a week during term and 42.5 to 84 hours in vacations. A reading room provides overnight study and IT facilities during much of the year.