Battle library re-opening on 13 July 2020

An announcement from East Sussex Library service

Battle, Hastings, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Crowborough libraries will re-open on 13 July. They will not offer a full library service so we’d still encourage people to continue to use our eLibrary where they can, so that we can manage customer numbers safely.

Library layouts have been changed for social distancing, meaning there will be fewer books available to borrow. However, a ‘Select + Collect’ service will let you choose up to 20 books online or by calling the library service, to pick up quickly and easily from one of the re-opened libraries. Anything borrowed can be kept until 30 September.

45-minute computer sessions will be available to book in advance but there will be no study space, access to reference material or customer toilets.   There’s a Home Library Service for vulnerable people.

Please follow instructions from staff to keep everyone safe. They will limit numbers, ask you to use hand sanitizer at the entrance and follow signs. In line with Government guidance, we will ask you for your name and phone number at the time you go into the library. This information may be shared with the NHS Test and Trace programme if needed. We will increase cleaning, distance furniture and computers, and quarantine books between uses.

We hope to open more libraries and increase the range of services on offer later in the summer and autumn.  We will keep you updated.  To find out more about how the new system will operate from 13 July, please visit our website.