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Name of Library: Colchester Library Local Studies Dept

Address: Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JB

Town: Colchester

Telephone: 01206 245917

Fax: 01206 245901



Alternative names

Part of Essex County Council Learning Services Directorate


Mrs Jane Stanway

Job Title

Local Studies Librarian

Purpose and main user community of the library

Anyone interested in any aspect of Essex

Terms of access

Walk in. Access to Castle Library collection by appointment and for reference only

Opening hours

M,Tu,W,F 09.00-19.30; Th,Sa 09.00-17.00; Su 13.00-16.00

Disabled access

No access to gallery in local studies for wheelchair users


Some lending stock which can be borrowed by usual county library interlending




Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Microfilms of census and local newspapers. Large collection of Ordnance Survey maps

Volumes added per year



Parish magazines, sermons, books on martyrs etc

Special Collections

Castle Library: a subcription library dating from C17 to early C19 which includes 250 vols on

religion, 70 bound vols of C17 and early C18 tracts which are mainly religious and 20 bound

vols of tracts against Popery (1685-1689)


Taylor family of Ongar mss

Research resource

Catalogue Type

Computer. Card catalogue for the Castle Library

URL of catalogue


Other facilities


Full Time Staff 2

Part Time Staff 3

Voluntary Staff

Future plans


Harsnett library has now been transferred to the University of Essex Library

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