Libraries re-opening in East Sussex

Message from East Sussex Library and Information Service:

From 12th April Libraries reopen

Child looking at a book

From the 12th April we are looking forward to welcoming you back to our libraries.

A limited number of people will be allowed into the buildings at one time and will be able to browse a reduced number of books. For those people who need to return books, there are drop boxes outside all the county council’s libraries, meaning items can be returned without going into the library building.

Customers will still be able to reserve any item from our lending stock; and collect it from the library of their choice.  This service is still free of charge.

Computers will be available during time-limited, pre-booked sessions.

IT for you sessions, helping people to use online services will resume in Eastbourne, Hastings and Crowborough, while those needing to take part in virtual job interviews will be offered support and a quiet space to do so at Hasting and Eastbourne libraries. These services must be pre-booked.

Ongoing restrictions will also mean there will be no toilet facilities or photocopying service, and DVDs, newspapers and periodicals will not be available when the libraries reopen.

For more information about the opening times, services available at our libraries and the restrictions in place, please visit our website.

In line with Government guidance customers will need to wear a face covering.  They will also be asked to either scan the QR code or to leave their name and phone number at the time they go into the library. This information may be shared with the NHS test and trace programme if needed.

If you have any questions please call us on 0345 60 80 196 or contact us here.


Investing in new stock

Wellbeing image

Check out our enhanced range of books and materials to support wellbeing projects and resources in East Sussex Libraries.

Adult, Family, and Young Person Wellbeing boxes have been replenished with new items to maintain the quality of the contents. New resources and information, as suggested by library customers, has been added including more healthy recipes and fidget cubes.

Our Wellbeing book and eBook collection have also been given a spring refresh with books for adults and children on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics.

Visit our Wellbeing pages to learn more.


Children’s Book Club

Pear Affair Children Book Club

The East Sussex Children’s Book Club is here! We have found six great new reads for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.

The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle:

‘Penelope Magnificent’s life doesn’t live up to her name. Her dad only thinks about making money, and her mum loves her handbag more than her daughter. But she gets through the hard times remembering the lovely French woman Perrine – Pear – who looked after her when she was little. So, when Nell gets the chance to go to Paris with her parents, she is determined to track down Pear. But the mystery gets deeper when Pear isn’t where she told Nell she’d be – and never had been!’

Borrow or reserve all the books in the Book Club.


A book I have loved

Peter James on Borrowbox

Audiobook “Need You Dead” by Peter James is exclusive to Borrowbox.

When a body is found in a Brighton bathtub Superintendent Roy Grace (TV’s John Simm) is called to the scene.  What starts as a gripping, thoroughly researched and fascinating crime drama turns into a twisty cat and mouse hunt, with shocking results.

Do you know that some people still view listening to audiobooks as ‘not really reading’ or even ‘cheating’! But that’s not really the point, humans have been sharing information orally for tens of thousands of years, whereas the printed word is a relatively recent invention.

The real advantage of audiobooks is that you can listen to them at any time while you are washing up, baking a cake or fixing your bike.  And listeners derive lots of information from the narrator’s inflections and intonations – irony is much more easily communicated through audio than print.

‘I wanted to thank you for your audiobook service.  I’m 70 years old and I’ve used your audiobooks since they were on tape, through CD, but online is the best!  Loads of books, easy to use. Thank you!’ – A.M.


Wranglestone Virtual Q&A

Wranglestone virtual Q&A

Did you know that Darren wrote Wranglestone as an analogy for Islamophobia post 9/11 and the way that humanity uses language, like ‘zombie’, to dehumanise?

Darren Charlton answers your questions in an interview hosted on the Bookclub webpage.

Wranglestone is still available to reserve in paperback and on Libby, our eBook platform.