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Public Library - The Forum Southend

Welcome to the Forum Southend-on-Sea Library. Spanning two floors of the newly built Forum Southend-on-Sea, the library is a shared resource, integrating over 150,000 public, university and college books. Offering colourful and comfortable spaces in which to relax, read, meet and study, the Forum Library is an innovation with community in mind. Whether you are interested in the latest crime thriller or researching your family history, there is a part of the library waiting for you to explore.

Free computer access is available, with a wide range of inbuilt resources to make life and study that bit easier. Practice your driving theory test, learn a new language or discover your ancestors with Ancestry - all for free and at the click of a button. Make the most of your visit by using our free wi-fi access or visiting the Forum Space, a community gallery with sofas and tables perfect for meeting friends. We even have plug points in our sofas for that last minute charge when your phone or laptop battery is running low.

From the imaginative buzz of the children's library play tower, to the chill-out feel of the Teenzone beanbags and Adult Fiction area, the Forum Library is a space for any age to feel engaged and inspired. Plan your next adventure in the Travel Section, prepare your next meal with a new cookery book or discover your next passion - whether it be art, history or astronomy! Friendly staff are on hand to help you make the most of your library visit - and if you are not sure where to start, why not book a tour?

Take a Forum Library Tour

Have you discovered the wealth of resources in the Forum Library yet? If not, now’s the time! Whether you want to come as part of a group, or would like an informal one-to-one introduction to our facilities, our User Support Officers can provide a tour tailored to you.

From historical local maps and microfilm newspaper archives to our online reference library there are so many things to explore. If you've been a little daunted to delve into our newest branch, The Forum (it is a pretty large library) book a tour with our USOs and you won’t need to do it alone.

Best of all, tours are completely free!

Email forumusersupport@southend.gov.uk for more information, or call 01702 534128.