Computers and Internet in libraries

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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.

3. Getting help using computers

Computer buddy volunteers

Computer buddies are volunteers who spend time in libraries helping out when people get stuck using our computers and the Internet. Sometimes they may be able to help you with your own device as well.

If you know the basics of using computers but can get stumped by quite simple problems please ask staff for details of buddies in your area.

How to book

You can ask for general help and advice when a buddy is available in the libraries below, or book a session by phoning 0345 6080196.

  • Battle Library – Wednesdays 10.30am to 12 noon. Thursdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Available in library or book in advance
  • Bexhill Library – Tuesdays 2pm to 3:45pm. Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm. Thursdays 2pm to 6pm. Fridays 2pm to 4pm.
  • Crowborough Library – Ring Crowborough Library to book a place.
  • Eastbourne Library – Monday to Saturday, morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Hailsham Library – Thursday 10am to 12 noon by appointment. Saturday 10am to 12 noon.
  • Hampden Park Library – Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Hastings Library – Mondays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm. Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Heathfield Library – Mondays 11am to 1pm. Tuesdays 10am to 1pm.
  • Hollington Library – Tuesdays 1pm to 3pm. Thursdays 11am to 12.30pm – Beginners course. Please contact Hollington Library to book a place.
  • Lewes Library – Tuesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm. Thursdays 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Newhaven Library – Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon. Fridays 2pm to 4pm. Advance booking is recommended.
  • Peacehaven Library – Tuesday 10am to 12 term time only. Fridays 2pm to 4pm.
  • Rye Library - Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Seaford Library – Mondays 2pm to 4pm, Tuesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12.45pm, Thursdays 2pm to 4pm, Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Uckfield Library – Tuesdays 10am to 12pm.
  • Wadhurst Library – Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Computer courses

We offer courses and qualifications in libraries. You need to visit a learning centre to sign up.

IT for You – Basic IT sessions

  • Learn how to use a computer or improve or refresh your computer skills.
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will support you 1 to 1 in a relaxed and informal environment.
  • No tests and no exams – choose which skills you learn and the pace at which you learn.
  • Come to as many or as few sessions as you like.
  • Work on our computers or your own laptop, tablet or smartphone!
  • Download and use the new NHS App to book GP appointments and order prescriptions online.

Weekly sessions at:

To book your place or find out more, phone 01323 463759.

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