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 Library will open from Monday 10 August, with Hove Library following on Wednesday 12 August. Read our latest service update.
Both will be offering reduced services with changed opening hours to make sure we can comply with physical distancing and keep people safe.
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, Westdene, 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.
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
If you can’t find an item, you can:
You’ll need to pay a fee to reserve an item. We’ll send you a letter or an email to let you know when it's available.
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.