Library services available during COVID-19
Jubilee and Hove libraries have reopened. Most community libraries are open with ‘Libraries Extra’ services, and shortly with some staffed days. You need to bring your library membership card when you visit a library to borrow books or use a computer.
All loans have been automatically extended to Sunday 6 September 2020, this includes CD’s or DVD’s and there will be no additional fee for this. More information on reopening our libraries.
Jubilee Library will open from Monday 10 August, with Hove Library following on Wednesday 12 August.
Both will be offering book borrowing and some limited other services, with changed opening hours to make sure we can comply with physical distancing and keep people safe.
Visitors will also be able to use library computers.
Jubilee Library will open from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Hove Library will open from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday and Friday.
We’ll be reopening ‘Libraries Extra’ services in Coldean, Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Whitehawk and Woodingdean from Monday 24 August.
Unfortunately, we’re not able to reopen the other community libraries or staffed services quite yet but are keeping this under review.
Use your library card to join our online service.
If you don't have a library card, you can register for a temporary library card number to use online.
Borrow eBooks & eAudiobooks
Activities for children
Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - join the silly squad!
It’s time for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 at Brighton and Hove libraries and this year it is being run digitally. The theme for the challenge is "Silly Squad"- a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.
Children can sign up on the Summer Reading Challenge website. It is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. You can sign up here: www.sillysquad.org.uk
Children will read books and meet the Silly Squad, a lovable group of animals who run a fun house. There are games, video content, quizzes and activities to encourage children and families to take part in the challenge at home.
Stories, fact books, audio books, graphic novels and poetry- they all count towards the challenge. Children can also borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Brighton and Hove libraries.
Silly Squad Story Club
This Summer we're bringing you STORY CLUB! Online fun for ages 5-12, from crafts and stories, to author talks and workshops. Catch it on Brighton and Hove libraries Facebook page every Wednesday at 3pm to accompany your Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge journey!
Early Years Sessions Online
Free access to educational entertainment app Hopster for families with library membership. Brighton & Hove Libraries have got hundreds of free 12 month subscriptions to Hopster on offer. Aimed at 2 to 6 year olds, Hopster is designed to develop your child’s learning through quality preschool shows, games, books and songs. All the content is safe, ad-free and in line with the Early Years Curriculum. Hopster can be used on smart phones, tablets or smart TVs. Take a look at www.hopster.tv to find out more.
How can you claim a free 12 month Hopster subscription? You or your child will need to be a member of Brighton & Hove Libraries to take advantage of the offer. If you’re not already a library member, it’s free and easy to join online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, library card number and ‘Hopster’ as the subject heading. We’ll reply as soon as we can with your unique code and some guidance notes to get you started. You’ll have access for 12 months from the day you start using the app.
Brighton & Hove Libraries online activity for pre-school children and their families. Throughout the summer libraries will be offering early years sessions online for everyone to enjoy at home. Library staff and guests will be sharing stories. Baby Boogie, music and rhyme sessions, will continue on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Dad’s Baby Boogie will be on the second Saturday of the month. Twice weekly Top Picks posts will highlight things the library loves for little ones. Everything is taking place on our Facebook page.
Summer schedule starts on Monday 27 July:
- Monday 10.15am Storytime
- Tuesday 10.15am Tuesday's Top Picks
- Wednesday 10.15am Storytime or Baby Boogie on first and third of the month
- Thursday 10.15am Thursday's Top Picks
- Friday 10.15am Storytime
- Second Saturday of the month 10.15am Dad’s Baby Boogie
Learning online for children
Families and children can use these websites for reading, learning and literacy:
Daily book recommendations for children and young people:
Activities for adults
Classical music concerts, ballet and operas
Watch free recordings of classical performances from around the world on Medici.TV.
Explore the library's online resources from home including family history tool findmypast and the Times Digital Archive.
Contact our information service if you need help using any of the online resources or if you need information on just about anything:
- Phone 01273 290800 and leave a message
- Email email@example.com
Business & IP Centre
Brighton & Hove Libraries are joining the Business & IP Centre Network. Find out about how you can use our free business databases including FAME, COBRA and IBISWorld. Find out about local and national business support.
Get free one-to-one remote digital support
Abilitynet are providing free one-to-one remote support for anyone who needs help to get online during the pandemic (e.g. setting up a new device, keeping in touch with family, online shopping, staying safe online). Call 0800 269 545 to get help.
Brighton & Hove Summer Reads for Adults
Open to anyone 16 and over.
Whether the sun is shining or it’s raining buckets, we, Brighton & Hove Libraries, challenge you to Get Reading this summer and tells us your best reads.
It’s simple! Read 3 books to rate, review and recommend before the submission deadline of 27 September 2020 with the chance of winning a book voucher to spend in one of our brilliant independent book shops.
You can read more than 3 books, but you need to choose your best 3 to rate, review and recommend. It can be your own book, a book borrowed from the library or a friend. We don’t mind just Get Reading!
We recommend our e-book and e-audio books to get you started and of course you will need to be a library member to access this so if you are not a member, join here and once we reopen some of our libraries in August we will love to see you coming in to choose some of your Summer Reads.
You can register your interest here.
When you’ve read and chosen which 3 books to rate fill out the completion form and tell us what you thought of each book in the boxes provided. We’ll use some reviews of up to 100 words max on our Library Facebook pages and post some on our Facebook Book Chat Group page too.
Submit your completed form and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. The closing date for entries is Sunday 27th September, and the winners will be notified shortly afterwards.
Go on Brighton & Hove, get reading, we know you want to!