New Covid-19 test collection scheme to launch in Essex

New Covid-19 test collection scheme to launch in Essex

From this Monday (29 March) Covid-19 self-test kits will be available for collection at 21 libraries across Essex, making testing even more accessible and convenient.

Residents, who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms, will be able to collect and take away two boxes of seven tests, to undertake regular twice weekly testing at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The self-test kits are simple to use and offer quick results.

Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, said: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that as lockdown eases people remain vigilant, observe hands, face and space and get tested to make sure we reduce asymptomatic infections as much as possible.

“It is also important that people use the testing channel most appropriate for them to ensure that people we need to get tested can have access to the tests they need.

“We are particularly keen to test people who cannot work from home, and are encouraging residents to take a test before seeing relatives or loved ones outside of their lockdown bubble.

“It is also vital that people upload their results as directed in the test instructions, and that people self-isolate as per the government guidance if their result is positive”.

Essex County Council has received an initial stock of 199,000 tests to start the scheme and further tests, and potentially more libraries will be available as more tests become available from the government.

Anyone in a bubble or household with children aged 0 – 18 should continue to choose the online direct option to get their tests delivered to their home. More details can be found here.

Anyone who is already receiving a regular supply of self-test kits from another source should continue with their existing route to help increase the availability of testing for people not currently covered by other national testing schemes.

For private sector businesses registered with Companies House, a new national workforce testing scheme is available. Those eligible should register here before 31 March.


Library collection

Please see below the list of libraries available to collect a testing kit from and opening times.

Saffron Walden Library

Saffron Walden Library, 2 King Street, Saffron Walden,

CB10 1ES

Monday - Thursday 9am -5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

Burnham On Crouch Library

Burnham On Crouch Library, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch,


Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm

Chelmsford Library

Chelmsford Library, PO Box 882, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford


Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm

Broomfield Library

Broomfield Library, 180 Main Road, Chelmsford,


Monday 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

Billericay Library

Billericay Library, Burghstead Lodge, High Street, Billericay,

CM12 9AB

Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-5.30pm & Wednesday - Saturday 9am-5pm

Brentwood Library

Brentwood Library, New Road, Brentwood,

CM14 4BP

Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm

Epping Library

Epping Library, St John's Road, Epping

CM16 5DN

Monday - Saturday 9am -5pm

Great Parndon Library

Great Parndon Library, Staple Tye, Parnall Road, Harlow,

CM18 7LZ

Monday 9am-5.30pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm

Harlow Central Library

Harlow Central Library, The High, Cross Street, Harlow,

CM20 1HA

Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm

Dunmow Library

Dunmow Library, 47 White Hart Way, Great Dunmow,


Monday -Saturday 9am-5pm

Braintree Library

Braintree Library, Fairfield Road, Braintree,


Monday - Saturday 9am -5pm

Witham Library

Witham Library, 18 Newland Street, Witham


Monday &Tuesday 9am - 5pm Wednesday 9am-5.30pm & Thursday -Saturday 9am -5pm

Maldon Library

Carmelite House, White Horse Lane, Maldon,


Monday 9am-5.30pm &Tuesday -Saturday 9am - 5pm

Colchester Library

Colchester Library,21 Trinity Square, Colchester,


Monday - Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm

Manningtree Library

Manningtree Library, High Street, Manningtree,

CO11 1AD

Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-2pm

Harwich Library

Harwich Library, Kingsway, Dovercourt, Harwich,

CO12 3JT

Monday and Tuesday 9am-5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Clacton Library

Clacton Library, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea,

CO15 1SF

Monday - Saturday 9am -5pm

Halstead Library

Halstead Library, Bridge Street, Halstead,


Monday & Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am -5pm

Wickford Library

Wickford Library, Market Road, Wickford,

SS12 0AG

Monday & Tuesday 9am -5pm, Wednesday 9am -5.30pm, Thursday& Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm

Basildon Library

Basildon Library, Basildon District Council, St Martin's Square, Basildon,

SS14 1DL

Monday - Saturday 9am -5pm

Canvey Island Library

Canvey Island Library, High Street, Canvey Island,


Monday 9am - 5.30pm, Tuesday -Friday 9am -5pm & Saturday 9am-3pm

Additional collection points for take home testing kits

Self-test kits can also now be picked up 7 days a week between 2:30pm - 8pm only at the below locations.

University of Essex Colchester, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Sandon Park and Ride, Chelmsford, Basildon Adult Community Learning Site and Stansted Airport.

Existing LFD sites

The twelve existing LFD assisted testing sites DO NOT have stocks of take home self-testing kits. Residents are advised that they should not attend these sites to collect a take home testing kit.

However, if you require an assisted test (going to a test centre for it to be completed there and then, rather than doing it yourself at home) you can book online here- Getting tested: If you don't have symptoms - Essex County Council

Last updated 26 March 2021