‘The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.’ – Albert Einstein.

This week we are celebrating Libraries Week so thought we would give you a little reminder of what is on offer for our county’s wonderful Library Service.

Things have certainly been different since March but you can still access many services online.

East Sussex Library Services elibrary has an extensive collection for you to choose from including librarian recommendations. This can be download on the Libby app.

There is also a selection of Audiobooks, some read by some very familiar voices (Stephen Fry reading Paddington anyone?!) and newspapers and emagazines to suit all tastes, be it food, fashion or football.

‘When in doubt go to the library.’ – J.K. Rowling

Did you know that we have an online book club? As part of Black History Month our October’s pick is Belonging by Umi Sinha. Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. It is a novel of secrets that unwind from the darkest days of the British Raj to East Sussex. There are unlimited copies to download and read on the Libby app and we will be holding a virtual Q&A with Umi Sinha later this month so there is still time to read and get a question in for the author.

And just in case you thought our libraries were just about reading. There are computers that you can use for free in everyone of our libraries and free wifi for using your own devices. Also, as part of the Aging Well Festival Libraries are running free ‘IT for you at home’ sessions to help residents feel more comfortable using their different devices.

‘Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.’ – Patrick Ness

Ever wanted to find out a little more about where you came from? The online library lets you have free access to Ancestry.com and Find My Past. Your family history might be just the inspiration you need to start writing that lengthy family saga you have always dreamed about.

Currently five of our libraries are open and the remaining twelve will reopen on 19 October. In line with Government guidance, we are asking all customers to a wear a face covering and will ask you for your name and phone number at the time you go into the library. We will also limit the number of customers in each library at any one-time, social distancing will be in place, and there will be no seating, study spaces, meeting rooms, toilets or events. Find out more about libraries reopening here