If you are looking for a good book to read then Essex Libraries can provide you with thousands to choose from. Here you can find information on:
The online library catalogue provides details of all the books we have available. Online reservations are free; and if the book you want is not available through any Essex library, you can complete an interlending form and we’ll try to get hold of it for you. There is a charge for this service.
Many libraries have reading guides you can use such as Who Else Writes Like?
, which lists alternatives to your favourite writers, new authors and titles in different genres.
Quick Reads and Fresh Start
For those who enjoy reading but are short on time many libraries have Quick Reads collections. From thrillers to humour to real life, these stories are ideal for adults who've returned to reading, those who find reading tough and for anyone who wants a short, fast read.
For adults keen to improve their literacy skills some libraries hold collections of Fresh Start materials, which are chosen with the help of adult literacy tutors to support adult learners.
If your local library does not have a Fresh Start or Quick Reads collection you can find booklists on the libraries online catalogue by searching for Fresh Start or Quick Reads.
If you are looking for books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) themes or topics, we have a great range of reading ideas for you.
Take a look at our latest booklists:
For a wider selection of books on these topics, enter ‘Diverse Reads’ on our library catalogue
, where you’ll find even more book recommendations. You can also rate your favourite books and add reviews.
If you have any suggestions for books you think we should have in stock, please let us know via our stock suggestion form