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  Reserve, renew or return items

3 June 2016

Renew your library items at Essex libraries


  • Login using your library card number followed by your PIN
  • The default PIN is your birthday in the format ddmmyy and then follow the instructions


You can renew an item up to seven times. After this it must be returned to a library, though you might be able to borrow it again if it has not been reserved by someone else.


CD or DVD renewals will create a further hire charge.


Reserve a library item 

You can reserve books free of charge via the online catalogue.
Once you have found the item you want to reserve click on the “make reservation” link and enter your library card number and PIN. 
You will then be asked to choose a pick-up location. When your item is available to collect you will receive a notification.
If you need to cancel your reservation at any time please log into your account
If the book you want is not available you can use the interlending request form to:
  • request a book that is not available in any Essex library; we shall then request the book from another library authority.
  • make article requests.


Please note that the following items are subject to charges:


  • Requests made through library staff (excluding items obtained from the British Library) - £1
  • Requests using the interlending form - £1
  • Items obtained from the British Library (books and articles, per item) - £3


Exemptions: children, young adults, Home Library service customers and people with Access library cards.

Return items

You can return items to any Essex library no matter where you borrowed them from.

Suggest library books

If you think there is a topic or genre of book not in stock, fill in our stock suggestion form.
We can't guarantee to provide it (some material may be too expensive, or not available to public libraries) but every suggestion will receive serious consideration.
You might find it useful to have a look at our stock policy first.