We will be reopening the remaining 12 libraries on Monday 19 October

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east sussex library and information service

September 2020

Reopening the remaining 12 libraries

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We are pleased to announce that the remaining East Sussex libraries closed in response to the Government’s Covid-19 guidance are set to reopen next month.

The 12 libraries will open from October 19 after a positive customer response to the measures in place at five facilities which reopened in July.

Due to the additional staff needed at each site and enhanced cleaning necessary, the opening days and hours - which have yet to be confirmed, will be significantly reduced.

There will be limited browsing, essential computer sessions, our Reservation Service will be resumed as well as the Select-and-Collect service (you can order books online or via the phone and pick up at the library).

All current loans have been extended to the end of November.

We have put things in place to keep people safe, and visitors should follow signs and directions. Hand sanitizer will be on the door, and we have rearranged the rooms, added screens at counters and increased cleaning. Books will be quarantined between use and you’ll be using self-serve machines where possible.

Unfortunately, there will be no seating or study space, no toilets, no photocopying , no DVDs, newspapers or periodicals and no events.

East Sussex Bookclub Returns

Belonging Book Cover by Umi Sinha

Umi Sinha's Belonging is our new East Sussex Bookclub Read.

The Bookclub is an opportunity to read the same book, at the same time, from Libby/Overdrive. It’s available to borrow at any time. Visit East Sussex Online Bookclub to talk to authors, share reviews, connect with other readers.

Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. It is a novel of secrets that unwind from the darkest days of the British Raj to East Sussex.

 When you have read the book you can ask Umi a question about Belonging, her writing process, or how to write a novel whilst working full time!

Your questions will be put to Umi at our Virtual Q&A being shown in late October.

The Times Digital Archive

The Times Newspaper

If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree ― Michael Crichton

Are you a history enthusiast? Did you know that you can search the full text of articles, adverts, birth and death notices and images in the Times newspaper from 1785 to 2006. You can read news about the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

This historical newspaper archive allows you to search and view the best-known newspaper in the world in its original published context.

For access all you need is your library card number and PIN