What you can borrow
All books including eBooks are free to borrow or download, and you can hire DVDs and music CDs for a small charge.
Also free to download are eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers.
You can reserve and renew items online with your library card and PIN, and collect them from your local library.
Books on prescription
Libraries have self-help books for people who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.
Topics for adults include:
- panic attacks
Young people and families
Libraries have self-help books for young people and families who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem.
- sibling rivalry.
Libraries have self-help books for people who have dementia and are finding it difficult to cope or need advice about the condition.
- information about living with dementia
- support for relatives and carers
- personal stories.
Reserving self-help books
You can browse and reserve self-help books at your local library or online.
If you’ve been given a ‘Books on Prescription’ recommendation leaflet by your GP, counsellor or mental health adviser, you can reserve these books free of charge.
There are 2 ways to do this:
- Hand the recommendation leaflet to staff when you reserve a book in the library.
- If you reserve a book online, a reservation charge will be placed on your account. Just hand the recommendation leaflet to library staff on your next visit to a library, and they will take the charge off your account.
Using self-help books
Try to set aside some time each day to work with your book. Having someone to work through it with you can help.
If the book includes exercises or questionnaires, please make a copy for your work. You can make photocopies at the library for a small charge.
These books might not be able to completely resolve your problems, so if feel you need more help contact your GP or mental health worker.
GPs and mental health workers should contact us if you need more Books on Prescription publicity materials or the recommendation leaflets with prescription slips.
Free books for children - Bookstart
Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to children under 5 years old and advice to their parents on sharing books with children from a very early age.
Details about each pack are below. To order special packs or ask questions, contact the Bookstart Librarian for East Sussex.
Bookstart Baby Pack
Parents are given a baby pack by your health visitor at your baby’s 3 to 6 month assessment.
It includes 2 board books, guidance for parents and carers, information about libraries and an invitation to join your local library.
Bookstart Treasure Bag for three year olds
Children aged from 36 months receive a treasure bag of books at their nursery, playgroup or pre-school. If your child doesn’t go to pre-school, our Bookstart Librarian can help instead.
The pack includes 2 picture books, guidance for parents and carers, information about libraries and an invitation to join your local library.
Books in other languages
Families, health visitors early years providers can ask our Bookstart Librarian to include books written in English and a second language.
We offer Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Mandarin, Lithuanian, Nepali, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Bookstart packs for disabled children
Parents and carers can ask our Bookstart Librarian if you need one of our special packs for children with disabilities.
- Bookshine pack for deaf or hearing impaired children up to 4 years old. It includes touch and feel book with signing, a signing rhymetime place mat and guidance for parents and carers.
- Booktouch packs for blind or partially sighted children up to 4 years old. It includes touch and feel and Braille books, advice about reading with blind and partially sighted children and lists of recommended books.
- Bookstart Star packs are for children aged 3 to 5 who have disabilities affecting their fine motor skills. It includes a touch and feel book, board book, animal finger puppets and resources to help parents and carers enjoy reading with their children.
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