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Library closures

Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Libraries are closed due to staffing availability.

Update: 24 March 2020

Libraries are closed. Read our statement

Update: 23 March 2020

Libraries remain closed due to staffing availability. A decision on the service as a whole over the next few months will be taken shortly.

Update: 20 March 2020

Due to staff shortages and in light of the government’s revised guidance on coronavirus we will not be able to open any of our libraries until the morning of Tuesday 24 March at the earliest.

We will update with further information about the library service during coronavirus from Monday 23 March. 

Update: 19 March 2020

Gidea Park and Harold Hill will be closed on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March.

Update: 18 March 2020

Collier Row library, South Hornchurch library and Harold Wood library have closed until further notice due to staff shortages. 

Rainham Library will close at 4pm on Thursday 19 March.

Hornchurch Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March.

We apologise for any inconvenience. 

A fines amnesty has been introduced, which means there will be no charges for overdue materials for the time being.

The library webpages are also available, providing online access to audiobooks, eBooks, magazines and more.

View the full list of current service changes across the council