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Following the UK government’s decision to ask public venues to shut, we have decided to close all East Sussex County Council libraries from Monday 23 March until further notice.

All library loans will be extended until at least 30 June. We have waived overdue fees for items that were due to be returned after 9 March 2020 until further notice.

Our online library will operate as normal and we have increased the number of items available. Our eLibrary includes not just books but also audiobooks, magazines and reference material.

We look forward to welcoming customers back when the situation eases.

Members of East Sussex libraries can download and read eBooks instantly from our partner, Overdrive. You can read your books on a smartphone or tablet app or if you prefer on your desktop computer or laptop.

You can download up to 10 eBooks at a time.

Reading eBooks on a smartphone or tablet

Libby by Overdrive

To read eBooks on your smartphone or tablet, you will need to download an app called ‘Libby’. You can get Libby from:

The first time you open the app, you will need to register your details. To do this:

  1. Click the face icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Search for East Sussex County Council libraries.
  3. Click Add A Library Card.
  4. Click Enter Your Account Details.
  5. Add your card number and click Next – (not a member? Join the library online).
  6. Add your PIN – (lost your PIN? Reset your PIN).

You can start to browse and download eBooks straight away.

The Libby icon
Libby face icon

Got a Kindle?

Kindle Books are currently available for U.S. libraries only. If you have a Kindle Fire, you can access eBooks through the Overdrive app for Kindle from Amazon.

Reading eBooks on your computer

If you prefer, you can read eBooks on your computer or laptop. To do this:

  1. Visit our partner site - Overdrive.
  2. Click the Sign in button at the top right of the page.
  3. Add your card number – (not a member? Join the library online) and click Next.
  4. Add your PIN – (lost your PIN? Reset your PIN).

You can start to browse and download eBooks straight away.

Getting help

For help using Libby on your smartphone or tablet, visit Meet Libby.

For a brief introduction to the app, watch the video.

Meet Libby

For help reading books on your desktop or laptop, visit Overdrive’s help pages.