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The Library 

  Inside the Essex University Library

The Society’s Library, comprising some 15,000 volumes acquired over the last 150 years, has a particularly fine coverage of archaeology, antiquities, ancient and modern history (notably local history) and related subjects. It contains several hundred periodicals and newsletters, many from similar county societies, and the current runs continue to be maintained. Since 2000, the Library has been housed as a separate collection in a dedicated area of the Albert Sloman Library on the campus of the University of Essex at Colchester.

It is now fully catalogued and can be searched on the University of Essex Library Website ( or use the direct link on this website). Books in the Society's library are identified by an ESAH shelfmark. A readers ticket is required to use the Society’s Library, and this also allows access to (and borrowing rights from) books in the main University Library which has a particularly strong history section. The Society’s Library is accessible from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and, during university term time, during the same hours on Saturdays. Full instructions on the use of both libraries are provided when the readers ticket is issued.

The Society’s Honorary Librarian is Dr Jane Pearson, Cob Cottage, Great Tey, CO6 1JS.

Back numbers of some volumes of the Transactions (Essex Archaeology and History and Transactions of Essex Archaeological Society second series) can be obtained from Greyfriars Books, 92b East Hill, Colchester tel: 01206 563138 or e-mail

Applications for readers tickets should be made in writing to the Librarian, Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, stating that you are a member of the Society.

Members with readers tickets are entitled to borrow from the University collection, but not from the Society’s Library.