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Essex County Council is responsible for the network of libraries and mobile libraries across the county that enables people to access a wealth of knowledge, information and services. Through the libraries online catalogue, it is possible to order and renew books remotely.

Libraries in Brentwood

For information on locations, services and opening times please select from the list below:

Brentwood Library

Ingatestone Library

Shenfield Library

Online you can:

  • Join the library
  • Use the online library catalogue 
  • Reserve items 
  • Renew books 
  • Book a library computer 

E-books and e-audio

An e-book is an electronic version of a book which can be read either on a computer, e-book readers, tablets or smartphones. E-audiobooks are audio books which are borrowed as an audio file that you need to download online. You can then listen to these on a range of devices, including MP3 players, tablets and smartphones. For further information on how to access these services please follow the link above.

Mobile libraries
Mobile libraries carry a wide range of books and other items. Follow the link above to find out when the mobile library is visiting your village.

Essex Record Office
The County Council also maintains and conserves a significant archive of records and information about the county, which is held in the Essex Record Office. The Essex Record Office is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to research their family history or the history of a building within the county, and the Seax database enables people to see if the documents they wish to view are held by the Essex Record Office, although Seax does not contain complete copies of the documents themselves.

Access the Essex Record Office Seax database directly.