Reopening all our Libraries

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Reopening ALL our Libraries

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From today we are reopening our remaining 12 libraries.

Due to the additional staff needed at each site and enhanced cleaning necessary, the opening days and hours have reduced.

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

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

There will also be an amnesty to encourage anyone with a library item, no matter how long they’ve had it, to return it before the new year without paying overdue charges.

A limited number of people will be allowed into the buildings at one time and will be able to browse a limited 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.

Computers will be available during time-limited, pre-booked sessions. Buddy sessions helping people to use online services will resume with social distancing in place, while those needing to take part in virtual job interviews will be offered support and a quiet space to do so at Eastbourne Library.

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.

In line with Government guidance, visitors 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 and the county council is reminding people not to travel to a library if they have any Covid-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

IT for You returns

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Need help with an important task using a computer? Or maybe you want to learn how to use a computer or improve or refresh your computer skills?

We are now offering free 60 minute one-to-one sessions with our volunteers at Eastbourne Library, and will be extending the offer to Hastings Library soon. We can help with email, job searching and applications, CVs, Universal Credit, social media, Microsoft Office and more.

Our sessions are socially distanced and contactless. To ensure social distancing, we cannot use your laptop, tablet or smartphone. We will provide a PC in the Library.

Call 01323 463759 to book your free session or find out more.

Ask the Author

Belonging Book Cover

Our Bookclub choice this month is Umi Sinha's Belonging ; 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.

You have a chance to Ask the Author anything. We'll put your questions to Umi at our forthcoming virtual author Q&A. Details next newsletter.