Jointly funded by Southend Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College , its four storeys will serve three distinct client groups.

More than 1300 linear metres of additional books will be available for public access as a result of the partnership with the College and University. As well as 106 computer terminals, including eight quick access terminals on the ground floor, the whole building will be WiFi enabled allowing people to connect to services using their own laptops or handheld devices.

The first floor offers a public and children's library service, cafe, auditorium and art gallery. The main library continues on the second floor, with integrated public and academic stock. 

The third floor provides teaching and media rooms,a reading area and a careers information point. The fourth floor study centre has five classrooms.

You can view a gallery of photos on the Echo News website from the link on the right.