Libraries upgrade in Uckfield and Crowborough

People in the Uckfield and Crowborough areas are set to benefit from improved facilities at their local libraries.

East Sussex County Council will install self-service facilities and upgrade the reception and display areas.

The works were scheduled following the county council’s largest ever survey about what residents wanted from their library services, carried out in 2009. The refurbishments works are part of a county-wide programme to ensure that library facilities are up to date and delivering the best value, most efficient service possible.

Three new self-service machines will be installed at each library which will allow library users to borrow, return and renew books and other items. At the same time, the reception and display areas at the libraries will be upgraded to give a welcoming and modern appearance, and to allow greater display space for books and information. The total works will cost in the region of £95,000.

Cllr Bob Tidy, community services member said: “We know from comments following similar work at other libraries that people really appreciate these type of improvements and that the number of library users has increased as a consequence. The self-service points have proved very popular at other East Sussex libraries, and they free up library staff, to have more time to help people choose books, answer enquiries, and use other library facilities and services.”

The work at Uckfield Library will start on Monday, January 31 and the library will re-open on Monday, February 7.

The work at Crowborough Library will start on Monday, February 7 and the library will re-open on Monday, February 14.

During the closures people will be able to use any other library in East Sussex to renew items, return or borrow books or other stock, get information and book sessions on internet computers.

Alternatively they can call 0345 60 80 195 to renew their loans, or 0345 60 80 196 for enquiries and to book internet sessions at other libraries. Library members can also check their loans, renew and reserve items, and access on-line resources using the e-library at e-library.eastsussex.gov.u