Library services available during COVID-19
Our libraries are not currently open but you can join our online service to borrow e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Magazines, e-Comics and e-Newspapers. We have activities for children and adults.
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.
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
Early Years Sessions Online
Library buildings may be temporarily closed but we are still sharing stories and rhymes by offering early years sessions online for everyone to watch at home.
Storytime is taking place every morning at 10.15am.
Visit Brighton & Hove City Libraries Facebook page to see library staff read stories from their homes.
Our popular Baby Boogie sessions are also taking place online.
Baby Boogie will be posted on Facebook on the first and third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm.
Our regular Dads' sessions continue on the second Saturday of the month also at 2.30pm.
If you miss a session or want to repeat your favourite you can visit Facebook at any time to catch up or watch again. There are already over 15 early years sessions for you to enjoy.
Libraries social media channels are sharing lot of suggestions and resources for reading, learning and creativity so keep checking back.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 1-to-1 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.