Our libraries

Albert Sloman Library

Overlooking the lakes and parkland at the heart of our Colchester Campus, the Albert Sloman Library is six floors of e-resources, research resources, 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?).


The Forum

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.


Facilities for all students

Group study

Learning to work in a team is an important part of any degree. We have interactive and coffee-friendly group study spaces such as the Limehouse, Silberrad Student Centre and the Orangery which are dotted around campus - so there's no excuse for not cracking on with your group projects! 

Silberrad Student Centre

In the heart of our Colchester Campus, overlooking the lakes, the Silberrad Student Centre offers 24/7 access to a combination of computers and study pods, suitable for individual and group study. The Centre is also home to our Student Services Hub - your one-stop-shop for finance and support services.

Creative Studios

Union Creative Studios is a hub for creativity, containing two radio studios for live broadcast and podcast recording, a newsroom, a TV studio with cameras, lights and equipment, and an editing suite with macs containing the full Adobe Creative package. 

IT facilities

We've got over 800 computers at our Colchester Campus, along with scanners and printers in our IT labs. Got a problem on your laptop? Want to get your hands on some free software? Our IT helpdesk will make sure you get the best from all the IT resources available. And there is no need to waste time hunting down a free computer, we have screens in the centre of campus which highlight current IT labs with free space. Find out more about out IT services here.

We also have helpful digital facilities, such as our digital library which has 100,000's resources available anytime, anywhere.

Wellbeing facilities

Our Colchester Campus students have access to a NHS health centre on campus, and for those who require childcare during their time at Essex, there is a day-time nursery on site.

Book swap

Sharing is caring! Drop in, don't judge a book by its cover, and bump into like-minded literary lovers. Head over to the Albert Sloman Library to find the book swap corner, drop off your old books and find a new one to get your nose stuck into!  

Department facilities

STEM Centre

Our STEM Centre includes a 180-seat wet lab for our School of Life Sciences and a 150-seat IT-rich exploratory learning space to enable collaboration between students across our Faculty of Science and Health.


We have one of the world's leading robotics research facilities, housing robotic wheelchairs, spiders, dogs, football players, fish and robotic aircraft, which you can often see flying around the robotic arena.

Law and Human Rights Clinic

Essex Law and Human Rights Clinic offers free initial legal advice to the local community. Law and Human Rights students have the chance to work alongside practising lawyers and advises real clients to gain hands-on experience. Find out more about working in the Law Clinic

Dental Skills Lab

At our Southend Campus we have a dental skills lab with the latest simulation 'phantom heads' for our Oral Health students to practise on.

Hospital Ward

A functioning hospital ward with robotic patients that can simulate a range of medical conditions helps our School of Health and Social Care students get practical experience. The space also includes six consultancy rooms which are equipped with cameras for reviewing practice consultations.

Translation and Interpreting Lab

Our translation and interpreting training lab can be used to interpret conferences of up to 20 people. You can use the lab as part of your studies, giving you the tools you need to become an expert interpreter. 


The BabyLab is a specially designed lab created for studying children. We study how infants and children learn and develop; learning how the brain processes social stimuli, how babies learn about their bodies and when babies start realising sentences are made up of a collection of words. It's fascinating stuff. 

Virtual Trading Floor

Students can use industry-leading Bloomberg data in Essex Business School's virtual trading floor, giving you access to the same tools used by traders and business analysts worldwide.

Centre for Brain Science

Our Centre for Brain Science contains equipment which can directly measure and module brain activity, track eye movements and measure physiological responses so we can investigate why we think, feel and act the way we do. 

Sports Therapy Clinic

At our Sports Therapy Clinic in the Essex Sport Arena, staff, students and external clients can be assessed and treated for a range of sports and other musculoskeletal injuries by our sports therapy students.