Release date: 18 March 2020
Based on Monday's announcement by the Prime Minister (16 March), asking for people to implement social distancing measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), a decision was taken by West Sussex County Council to close all of their libraries until further notice.
Libraries provide a valuable service to residents and the council are working on plans to offer a modified library service during these unprecedented times. More details will follow in due course, to keep up-to-date follow the library service on West Sussex Libraries Twitter or West Sussex Libraries Facebook.
The following procedures have been put in place whilst the libraries are closed:
- Library staff will automatically renew everything that is currently on loan from today and will continue to do so during the closures.
- No fines and charges will be incurred during the closure.
- Individuals do not need to call the renewals line to stop books and other items from going overdue.
Anyone who is currently not a member of their local library, but wants to join, can do so online.
Once registered, they will have instant access to the e-library service, where there are a range of downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, comics and newspapers.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “We appreciate that the closures happened quickly and may have come as a shock to some of our current users, but the decision to close all libraries was not taken lightly and the health of our staff and the residents of West Sussex is paramount.
“The library service is working on ways to mitigate some of the issues that our regular users are experiencing, but we do apologise for any inconvenience this will no doubt cause and further updates will be issued in due course.”
Further information regarding Coronavirus and Frequently Asked Questions for library users and other services, can be found on our Coronavirus campaigns page.