April hath put a spirit of youth in everything - William Shakespeare

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east sussex library and information service

April 2020

Library Service during COVID-19

East Sussex Libraries

We want to help East Sussex residents as much as we can over this difficult time.  Over the coming weeks we're helping you explore our online services in a bit more depth, especially if you're new to the eLibrary.

eBooks with Libby / Overdrive

Libby Overdrive

First up - eBooks.  We’ve got thousands of eBooks on our Libby / Overdrive platform, all completely FREE to download, with no overdue charges.

eBooks can be read on any tablet or mobile device, even your mobile phone!  The great thing about eBooks is that the font style and size can be adapted to your personal preferences.  You can adjust the colour and brightness of the page, and there is a built-in definition function, so you can look up the meanings of words. 

Another advantage of the eBook is that huge tomes like Anna Karenina, A Little Life and Middlemarch are much less daunting on your eReader.

We regularly purchase new titles and create collections (like book displays) to help you navigate our capacious eLibrary. You can refine your book search to available titles to guarantee a great read.  

Remember, if you finish your eBook early, please return it for the next person!  

Full instructions on how to download an eBook from Libby.

What to do with the kids?

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

We have lots and lots of eBooks and eAudio especially for young people, there are Read Along books narrated by actors and comedians, a Dahl collection full of stink and havoc, and new titles being added every day.

You can still take part in the East Sussex Children's Book Award.  Read the books, vote for your favourite, write a short story, a review or design an alternative book jacket.

The Library Facebook page has lots of ideas of how to entertain young people, from workouts to craft ideas 

For Young Adults we have an unhealthy selection of undead romance, darkness, dystopia and identity confusion - and plenty of other stuff too!

Get the NHS App

NHS app

The NHS App allows you to order prescriptions online on your smartphone or tablet.

You can register without visiting your surgery.

The App is available now from the App store and Google Play

You’ll need –

  • An Android smartphone, Android tablet, iPhone or iPad
  • your Apple ID or Google password
  • an email account
  • your passport or photo driving licence

Full instructions on how to download and use the NHS app 

Research your genealogy

Find My Past logo

The genealogy website Findmypast have provided East Sussex Library customers with exclusive online access to their resources. 

 Findmypast makes original historical documents available to search online, so that people can explore a collection of over two billion records to find their ancestors and trace their family tree from the comfort of their own home.

This offer is limited to East Sussex Libraries customers and must not be shared on social media.

Username: East_Sussex_County_Council@findmypast.co.uk

Password: FMP2020


Ancestry have also expanded access to their resource to customers at home.

Ancestry's extensive database lets you explore your family history using censuses, the fully indexed birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records. You can also explore names in other family trees and upload photographs of your own.

Sign in with your library card and PIN.