36 libraries across West Sussex
Free book, DVD, ‘Playaway’ and audiobook lending. Free access to e-books, e-magazines, e-audio and e-information for all library members
This offer is available to Compass Card West Sussex holders.
Apologies, but this offer is not available to Compass Card Brighton and Hove holders.
All West Sussex County Council libraries – call 01243 642111 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries for a full list of libraries and opening hours
Library membership is free and open to everyone in West Sussex. All libraries have books suitable for children and young people of all ages; from preschool and primary-age to teenagers. There’s also free computer access; free wifi; DVD, ‘Playaway’ portable audiobook and audiobook lending; events and information and much more. Library members can access a range of e-magazines, e-books, e-audio and e-information for free and download them to a phone, tablet or PC. Every library offers a free weekly rhyme time session, designed for under-fives, but all children are welcome and sessions in larger libraries may include visual aids or simple signing. The largest libraries also have free monthly multi-sensory story events for children with disabilities or communication difficulties. Find your nearest session click here. Families can reserve and collect communication aid devices, including some that support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), from ‘Understand Me – the communication library’, available at any library. For more information, click here.
Current arrangements: West Sussex Libraries are now open for limited browsing. Find out more here.
Compass Card offer: Libraries usually charge for lending DVDs, ‘Playways’ and adult audiobooks, but Compass Card holders can borrow them for free. There are usually charges for reserving some library items for over 14s, but these charges don’t apply if you’re a Compass Card holder. The card holder will need to be a library member to take advantage of the Compass Card West Sussex offer and can join at any age.
Accessibility: All library buildings are accessible. Libraries can provide books in giant print, Braille or large print, and audiobooks on CD or MP3. There are also multi-sensory stories designed for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. Contact your local library to discuss your needs in more detail.
Amaze can arrange West Sussex Library membership as part of your child’s Compass West Sussex registration; you can find more details about how to do this on the registration form itself. If you do opt for joint Compass and Library membership, you can access the Compass Card offer automatically. However, if you choose not to, you will need to show your Compass Card and a valid West Sussex library card.