County makes limited library service available during lockdown

Limited library services are available in East Sussex during this second nationwide Covid-19 lockdown the County Council has confirmed.

All 17 of the county’s library buildings have closed since November 5th, Hollington Library only having reopened on October 19th.

Since the beginning of this week library users have been able to order books from the library catalogue via the website or by calling the team and then being able to pick the books up up from the front entrance of their local library.

Those who need to use library computers to access essential services such as universal credit and internet banking can pre-book a session by calling 0345 60 80 196.

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

Hastings Library.

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

Nick Skelton, East Sussex County Council’s Assistant Director for Communities, said: “While we appreciate how disappointing further temporary reductions to our library services are, it’s vital that we do everything we can to slow the spread of Covid-19.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer some key services and have put in place measures to ensure that residents and staff are kept as safe as possible.”

All 17 of the county’s libraries will continue to operate limited services and services will be kept under constant review to ensure they are being delivered in the safest way possible an east Sussex County council spokesman said this week.

More information about library services, opening hour and restrictions, is available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries or by calling 0345 60 80 196.

The East Sussex County Council eLibrary is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online

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