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All East Sussex libraries are now open with reduced opening hours.

Anyone visiting libraries is required to wear a face covering, unless exempt. We are not able to offer a full service and encourage people to continue to use our eLibrary if possible, so that we can manage customer numbers safely.

If you have any questions regarding the reopening of libraries, please contact us via our online form or ring our enquiries line 0345 60 80 196.

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

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 e-readers are not compatible with Overdrive in the U.K. If you have a Kindle Fire tablet, you can access eBooks through the Overdrive app for Kindle from Amazon.

You can check the compatibility of your device on the Overdrive website.

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).

Libby is also available as a desktop app for Windows 10. You can get this from

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.