Dyslexia support in libraries


Libraries are in the Government’s third phase of easing of the lockdown, currently not before 4 July.

We’re working through plans on how we could safely re-open buildings with social distancing in place, what services we could safely offer, and preparing to make the physical changes to the layouts and facilities in the buildings.

Until we have completed this work, we won’t be in a position to provide a programme for re-opening, but we will let people know as soon as we can. Please check the website for the most up to date information on our plans and available services.

Dyslexia is a learning difference that can affect the ability to read, write and spell.

East Sussex libraries are committed to providing whatever support they can for:

  • Parents and carers looking to aid the development of children with dyslexia
  • Dyslexic parents and carers looking to find books to share with small children
  • Adults with dyslexia looking to find ways to enjoy reading or develop their skills.

How we can help

Our eBook services allow you to download books and magazines and also to listen to audiobooks

Further information on ebooks, magazines and audiobooks

You can find these useful resources in our libraries:

  • Books from dyslexia specialist Barrington Stoke for a range of ages
  • Story CDs. Your child may enjoy just listening , but if they want to follow the print version we also have book and CD packs
  • Books for adults about dyslexia and other reading difficulties
  • User friendly computer software in all libraries (Supernova) which enables users to change font size and colour
  • ProDigi and Eye Pal Solo reading aids available in Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne libraries. These machines are for those who have difficulty with normal print. They have a text to speech function as well as tools to enlarge print and change font colour
  • Quick reads for adults who struggle with reading for any reason or who are reluctant readers

Tips on searching the library catalogue for dyslexia friendly resources

  • Go to the East Sussex County Council homepage and click on libraries
  • Under search the library catalogue you will see tabs for eBooks , eAudiobooks and eMagazines
  • To search for dyslexia friendly resources, click on search the library catalogue and then advanced
  • Scroll down and you will see a box with collection next to it
  • Scroll down in this box until you come to Dyslexia Friendly Books Junior or Dyslexia Friendly Books Teens
  • Clicking on this will bring up a collection of books
  • Click on your local library in the location box to see what resources they have
  • You can also search for other collections such as Adult Basic Education or Spoken Word in the same way