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Leigh Library

Southend Libraries are now open.

The Forum will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday; Leigh, Kent Elms, Westcliff and Shoeburyness Libraries will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Southchurch Library will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Measures are in place to ensure your safety and that of our teams:

  • we ask that face coverings continue to be worn whilst in the library and admission will be limited to aid social-distancing
  • our self-service machines are available for you to issue your selections; and sanitizing stations are conveniently situated within each library

Limited study space is available at The Forum on a first come first served basis.

Located on the 1st Floor, this is a quiet study area where the following must be observed:

  • only 1 person at each desk
  • no eating or drinking
  • mobile phones must be on silent

There is no limit to the time you may stay.

In addition to our usual services:

Lateral Flow tests will be available for asymptomatic people to collect from all Libraries.

People’s Network

If you would like to use a library PC, the People's Network is available at all branches, through an advance booking system. Please book your 1-hour, self-service slot, by contacting the branch of your choice. For branch details please visit the directory.

Please note staff are not available to assist your use of the People’s Network.

Click and Collect

Our 'Click & Collect' service will continue for those customers who would like to receive a reading selection made by our knowledgeable and experienced teams. We will select up to 7 items from your specifications and arrange a convenient time for you to collect. For more information please visit: or call 01702 215011

Online Resources

For remote access to resources, our extensive Online Reference Library is free to all Southend Libraries members; including Ancestry Library Edition which is currently available for home access. To view our full complement of e-resources including e-books, e-audio, emagazines & newspapers please visit our catalogue and follow the links:

Home Library Service

Our Home Library Service is for customers who cannot get to the library and is still running - please contact for details


Storyrhymes have re-started in libraries but booking is required - please enquire at your local branch or contact 


We are always pleased to welcome new members. To begin enjoying our services, please visit our catalogue and follow the simple online registration procedure: 

And don’t forget…

Books: Southend Library Service provides an extensive collection of books and other resources to support your learning, reading and leisure. All libraries are not full of books of all shapes, sizes and subjects including books in Large Print and spoken word.

Amongst many other things we also offer: class visits; book groups; community talks; organised tours of The Forum; and special events please e-mail to be put in touch with the correct team.

Who to contact

Leigh Library
Broadway West
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Contact Name
Leigh Library

Opening Times

When is it on
Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Day(s) of week
Session Information
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Other Details



Mainly free but some services may require a small fee


Referral required
Other notes

A range of audio described DVDs which enable people with sight problems to enjoy films to the full are available through Southend Libraries. Spoken word books in a variety of formats, Quick Reads and Large Print books are also available.


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  •  Last user update: 23 Sep 2021
  •  Last admin update: 24 Sep 2021

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