• Library services for young parents and babies

    • Is my baby too young to join the library?

      Photo of a toddler reading a board book

      No! Babies can join the library as soon as they are born. Reading with your child not only gives them a great start in life, it also gives you some quiet time just for each other.


      What if I lose a book or it gets torn or scribbled in?


      Don’t worry about running up fines: there are no fines for books taken out on a child’s own library card, and you can sign up for free email reminders. You can renew books online anytime.

      You can also phone 0345 60 80 196 from 9am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm Saturdays.

      We know that these things happen occasionally so there is no charge for lost or damaged books if your child is under eight.

      What can I get for my child?

      Why not join the Little Explorers Book Club  and collect great certificates just for visiting the library?

      Little Explorers Book Club

      There are lots of other fun things at the library, including:

      • board books and lots of beautiful picture books to enjoy together
      • books for helping your child learn to read
      • ‘talking books’ with early stories and rhymes
      • children’s DVDs
      • singing and story time sessions
      • a special Elmer the Elephant library card for young children.

      What can I get for me?

      There are lots of things in the library for parents too, including:

      • the latest bestsellers and all your favourite authors
      • books to help you bring up your child with loads of useful information on pretty much everything you need to know
      • computers to use free of charge
      • information on jobs and things to do.

      The e-library is open all the time.

      Free books for my baby with Bookstart

      Bookstart logo

      You can get free books for your baby through the Bookstart scheme:

      • Bookstart Baby packs are given out by health visitors at around three months old.
      • Bookstart Treasure Packs are given out through nurseries and playgroups at around three years old.

      How do I join my local library?

      It’s easy to join and it’s free. Just go along to any library to get a card and PIN and you can use any library in the county.

      Standard membership

      Give proof of name, like a credit card, to join the library as a standard member. You can borrow four items in total. If you’re over 16, one of these can be an audiobook, DVD or CD and you can use the library computers.

      Full membership

      You can be a full library member if you live, work or study in East Sussex. You’ll need to give proof of your name and address, like a utility bill or driving licence. Full members can borrow the maximum number of items:
      •20 books for 3 weeks
      •6 ebooks and e-audiobooks for 3 weeks
      •6 audiobooks on CD, cassette and MP3 Playaway for 3 weeks
      •6 CDs for 1 week
      •6 DVDs for 1 week
      •20 music scores for 3 months
      •20 playsets for 6 weeks
      •2 language courses for 6 weeks
      •1 home electricity monitor for 3 weeks.

      Full members can also use the free library computers.

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