Limited library services to continue during second lockdown

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east sussex library and information service

NOV 2020

Limited library services to continue


The latest restrictions, designed to slow the spread of Covid-19, will mean that all 17 of the county’s library buildings are temporarily closed for general use.

However, from Monday, November 9, customers will be able to reserve books from the library catalogue via the website or by calling 0345 60 80 196, and pick them up from the front entrance of their local library.

Those needing to use library computers to access essential services such as universal credit and internet banking, will be able to do so by pre-booking a session on the above number or online.

Customers can continue to access a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines, as well as information through East Sussex’s eLibrary.

The Home Library Service, which has continued to provide books to those who are particularly vulnerable throughout the pandemic, will also remain in operation.

These limited services will be available at all 17 libraries within the current reduced opening hours.  They will be kept under constant review to ensure they are being delivered in the safest way possible.

More information about library services, opening hour and restrictions, is available online on our website or by calling 0345 60 80 196.

Virtual Wellbeing Resources

Man in Mask In A Library

Have you tried our new online Wellbeing webpages? There are lots of useful resources available on the East Sussex website with information and support for East Sussex residents, including support during Covid-19.

There are also Virtual Wellbeing Boxes for adults, families and young people. Here you will find a range of activities, interactive resources and information for these age groups, such as mindfulness exercises, ways to eat and move well, links to useful websites and reading-well book lists.

There are loads of ways to boost your wellbeing and the virtual wellbeing boxes provide ideas and online resources to support your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Online Bookclub Virtual Q&A

Belonging Umi Sinha

Our current Online Bookclub title is Belonging by Umi Sinha. 

This book is available to everybody, until the end of November, with no waits and no holds.

A beguiling tale of love, mystery, race, identity and the importance of homeland. Sinha’s masterful storytelling and powers of sensual description transcend both history and time.”

Helena Gumley- Mason "The Lady"

We asked you for your feedback and questions about the book, and asked Umi at special, socially distanced, interview.

The film of the event is now viewable on our Bookclub webpage.


RBDigital is now Libby

Libby has taken over RBDigital

From 9th November our eAudiobooks will be moving over to the Libby App.

You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby.

Visit our website for more information on the transition and using Libby.

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The best way to stay up-to-date on the latest Library news, views and gossip is on our Library Facebook page.

Connect with other readers on our Friday book chat, share your local history memories and maybe recommend us a book!

Find out first our newest resources and online content.

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