How West Sussex Libraries can Support Refugees

How West Sussex Libraries can Support Refugees

Factsheet about how West Sussex Libraries can support refugees.

West Sussex Libraries – how we can help refugees.

West Sussex has 36 public libraries which are open to all and free to use and join. We are inclusive and offer a trusted, welcoming space in the community. We offer services and resources both from our library buildings and online. Our library service can be of great assistance and support to refugees, offering resources, information, outreach services and remote support.

Books and Other Resources

Libraries hold a huge range of books, including fiction in other languages and books on how to learn English. These are in a range of formats, including large print, audiobooks, picture books and story books for children and eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eComics and eMagazines. We also have a range of toys available to borrow from most libraries.

For some of our library resources you need to join the library and obtain a membership card. You can join in your local library or online for free.

Your library card and PIN can be used to request any items from across West Sussex Libraries via our online catalogue, and we’ll contact you to let you know when they are ready to collect from your chosen branch.

Libraries also have eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics for children, teenagers and adults, which can be downloaded free of charge and we are adding more titles to these every day. Our eNewspapers are from over 100 countries and in 60 languages. Articles can also be translated into 18 languages and you can listen to the news by using the audio narration function.

We have put together some booklists recommending titles for specific interests or to support children with difficult decisions or new experiences. Topics include refugees, asylum seekers and moving to a new country; starting school; fears and anxieties; celebrating diversity and many more.

Libraries are also a source for information on many different subjects and can put you in touch with other organisations who offer help and advice. If we don’t know the answer we will find out!

Our opening hours vary so please check for your local library before visiting.

Computer and IT

Libraries have public computers with free access to the internet if you are a member, including our online reference library. There is also free Wi-fi in libraries for people to use their own devices. We also have a Library Digital Support service where staff and volunteers can help people at home by phone who may be having difficulties joining us online, downloading eBooks or using any other part of our online offer. There are also Digital Volunteers in some libraries who can also help and should be booked in advance.

All libraries have photocopiers and printers which can be used for a small charge.

Regular Activities

We hold free regular activities for children and adults including Rhymetime, Story Time, Knit and Natter, Board Games, Relax with Colouring and Reading Groups as well as extra events such as author events and drop-ins by other organisations.

Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook where you can also join our Family Corner group. 

For further information, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.


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