Using the Library

Do you need help using the library?

Find out how to join, sign in, search the catalogue, renew, reserve and more.

You can also call our Library Digital Support Helpline 0330 222 3455, or email

Joining the Library

If you live or work in West Sussex, you can join our libraries for free!
Find out how you can join

Signing in to Your Library Account

To sign in to your library account, please click on ‘Sign In’ in the top right of the screen. When you have signed in, 'My Pages' will display and you can view your account, loans, reservations and wishlists. And reserve, renew, recommend titles and add titles to your wishlist.
Your library account pages

What You Can Borrow

Find out what you can borrow from the library and for how long.
Find out what you can borrow

Searching the Catalogue

If you need help searching the catalogue, please read our handy guide.
Catalogue hints and tips

Reserving an Item

Find out how to reserve an item, how much it costs, how to change or cancel a reservation and how to find out when your items are ready for collection. Plus how to request an item not in stock.
Find out how to reserve an item

Renewing an Item

If you would like to keep your library books for longer than three weeks, or your CDs and DVDs for longer than one week, you can renew them online.
Find out how to renew an item

Library Loan Periods and Charges

You can borrow up to 20 items free of charge for three weeks with your library card. Find out about what you can borrow, charges for borrowing audio items and DVDs, overdue, reservation, photocopying charges and more.
Loans and charges

Lost Library Card or PIN

What to do if you lose your library card or forget your PIN.
Reset your PIN or request a new library card

West Sussex Libraries App

Download the app to access West Sussex Libraries from your mobile device. Manage your account, search the catalogue, renew and reserve books and more.
West Sussex Libraries App


Thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks eNewspapers, eComics and eInformation (reference resources) which you can access for free with your library card on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
eAudiobooks, eBooks, eInformation, eNewspapers and more

Computer and Internet Access in Libraries

Wi-Fi and computer access in libraries, free with your West Sussex Library card.
Free Wi-Fi and computer access

Library Email Alerts

Sign up to receive email alerts which will notify you when items you have requested are ready to be collected, remind you shortly before items are due back and when items are overdue.
Sign up for email alerts

Need Help Accessing the Library?

Do you need help accessing our resources and services? Find out more more about our Home Library Direct Service; support for people with a visual impairment; dementia resources and our Understand Me communication devices.
Library Access for All

Library Room Hire

Details of the meeting rooms available to hire in libraries.
Library room hire

Search the catalogue