Wednesday, February 1, 2023

E-books now available from Thurrock libraries

Do you know e-books from e-audio?

The free Thurrock Library card enables local people to borrow more than just paper books — both e-books and e-audio is available too.

E-books are books in electronic form, while e-audio are talking books. Both can be downloaded from the Thurrock Council website (

Anyone interested — and with a library card — should go to the libraries section (via the A-to-Z) and follow the links – Essex Digital Catalogue and Clipper Audio Books.

The “books” can be downloaded free to your home computer or portable device (such as an iPOD, iPad, iPhone, or MP3 player).

Thurrock Libraries is also expanding its CD talking books collection to include MP3 CDs — which can be played on DVD and CD players which accept the MP3 format This is also ideal for copying to a portable device if you going away on holiday.

There are now also free interactive language courses available called BYKI (Before You Know It) helping people to enjoy learning a new language via a computer or while on the move using the iPhone app.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, Thurrock’s cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “There has never been so much choice at your local library and you don’t even have to visit for much of it, you can order online.”

If library card holders would like a personal demonstration of how to search for e-books and e-audio as well as other online resources freely available on the library website, there are a number of mini helpdesk sessions being planned at libraries in July.

To register your interest please initially email with your preferred library, or call Grays Library on 01375 413970.


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