• Visit your local library

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      Why should I visit my local library?

      There’s loads on offer at your local East Sussex library.

      Borrow books

      All East Sussex libraries have a special teen section where you can find the latest releases. You can choose books from the adult sections too. As well as fiction, there are books to help with homework and revision, manga and graphic novels and lots more.

      Books are free to borrow for up to three weeks. If you want to order a particular book, we’ll try to get it for you and that’s free too if you’re under 16.

      Borrow talking books

      Talking books are great for listening on the move. They are free to under 16s or cost from £1.30 for three weeks.

      Borrow DVDs or Music CDs

      Borrow a Premiere DVD for £3.50 and keep it for a week – much longer than the video shop! We also have a wide variety of other titles from £2.50 a week. Some libraries also have music CDs at £1 per week rental.

      Find information

      Libraries are a great place to get information on careers, benefits and courses. You can also read newspapers to help you look for jobs.

      Get homework help

      All our libraries have books and online resources to help you with your homework. There are great reference titles available on the E-library.

      Use a computer

      If you’re fed up trying to get a turn on the family computer or it’s too noisy to work at home, why not book a computer to use at the library for up to an hour? It’s free and we have fast broadband. If you are under 16 your parent or carer will need to sign a form giving their permission.

      Where’s my nearest library?

      There are 24 libraries across East Sussex. To find your nearest library, visit East Sussex County Council – List of libraries

      How do I join?

      You can visit the library and read the books there without being a member, but if you want to borrow any items or use the computers you will need to join. This is free and easy to do.

      Just go along to any East Sussex library to get a library card and PIN and you will be able to borrow books from any library in the county.

      Find out more about joining the library – East Sussex County Council

      Using the E-library

      You can use the E-library to renew your books, search the catalogue, reserve books and find useful links for homework, including subscriber only websites. You can borrow as many as 6 items for 7, 14, or 21 days using your valid East Sussex card and PIN

      Visit the E-library at ESCC – E-library sign-in

      Renewing books and items

      You can renew what you’ve borrowed by:

      • visiting any library in East Sussex
      • phoning 0345 60 80 195, Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm or Saturdays 9am to 5pm
      • using the E-library.