Library Membership


From 13 July we will be reopening five libraries in East Sussex.

We are not able to offer a full library service due to the need for social distancing. We will be encouraging people to continue to use our eLibrary where they can so that we can manage customer numbers safely.

If you have any questions regarding the reopening of libraries or available services, please contact us via our eform or on the enquiries line 0345 60 80 196.

For more information on the available libraries, opening times and services visit the Libraries Reopening Plan.

4. Other membership options

Home library service

We run a free home library service for people cannot easily use a library due to disability or frailty, or are caring for someone who cannot be left.

Reading groups

Ask your library about getting reading group membership. The annual charge of £10 per group includes:

  • access to over 1,100 sets of books, delivered free to your local library
  • borrowing multiple copies of the same book
  • help setting up groups and support from library staff
  • regular book magazines and newsletters.

Foster carers

You can ask for a special library card for all the children in your care. Normal charges apply to children’s audiobooks, DVDs and videos, but there are no fines for late, lost or damaged books.

To get a foster carer card, visit your local library with evidence of your status as a foster carer.

Under fives group ticket for playgroups and childminders

Playgroups and childminders can borrow extra children’s books of your choice for 12 weeks. Playgroups, as well as parent and toddler groups, can arrange for storytime or rhymetime sessions at a usual meeting place or in the library.

Complete a registration form at your local library to get your ticket straightaway. Childminders need to bring your childminder registration to get a group ticket.

Playgroup book boxes

At some libraries playgroups can borrow a box of 30 pre-selected books, exchanged two times a year. They contain board books, rhymes, stories, ‘joining in’ books and non-fiction. We can deliver directly to you, or you can exchange them at most libraries.

  • For most libraries, ask staff for a registration form. We will let you know when your first book box is ready.
  • In Eastbourne, Hampden Park, Langney, Polegate, Pevensey Bay and Willingdon, please ask for the under fives group ticket instead.

Teachers Ticket

This service is for primary and special schools.

With our Teachers’ Membership you will be able to borrow up to 30 books for your class from our special Teachers’ Collection.

When you apply for the Teachers’ Card, we will ask you for the name of the school you teach in and a senior member of staff to act as guarantor for any items you borrow. You can apply for a card online.

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