Borrow, renew and reserve library items
Use our online catalogue or visit a library to find, reserve and renew books and other items. You can also renew items by phone on 0303 123 0035.
Jubilee and Hove libraries have reopened.
‘Libraries Extra’ services in Coldean, Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Whitehawk and Woodingdean have also reopened.
Read our latest service update for opening times and more information.
returned books, and those handled by people in the library each day, are being kept in quarantine for 4 days to reduce the risk of infection
some library stock has been removed from access to enable social distancing
audio-visual stock that is charged for, is not available to reduce cash handling
How to find library items
To find library items, such as books, CDs, and DVDs, you'll need to register for a library card.
Once you're a member, you can:
How to reserve items
Reservations, interlibrary loans and SELMS loans are not available at the moment.
This is because stock may not be accessible at some libraries due to changes to enable social distancing.
In addition, all services requiring payments have been suspended (including reservations) to limit cash handling to reduce the risk of infection.
If you borrow an item and don’t return it on time, you’ll have to pay a fee. These fees are different depending on the item, and how long it's overdue.
Find out more about our fees for overdue items.
How to renew items
You can renew items up to four times if someone else hasn't reserved them. If you renew an item that we charge for, you’ll have to pay a fee every time you renew it.
- renew by phone 0303 123 0035 - this is an automated 24 hour phone renewals service, and you’ll need your membership card number and PIN
- renew library items online - you’ll need your membership number and PIN, if you have problems renewing an item please call us on 01273 298 000
- find your local library to renew items there - please bring your membership card
How to order an item
You can ask us to order an item for free. For example, you may want to borrow a book we don’t have at one of our libraries. If you want to reserve the item that you've ordered, you’ll need to pay a fee of £7 for adults, and £3 for children.
Find out more about fees for our library services.