Hello and welcome to our site!

We’re having an Open Day on Friday, 17 June – see below for details.

Open Day 17062022 poster

Stop Press: Please see Coronavirus Covid-19 section below for information and updates. 

Langney Community Library has been open since 20 November 2018 and continues to grow in terms of membership and books available to borrow.

Thank you to all those who’ve volunteered their time and energy, those who’ve made cash donations and to everyone that has donated books – you’ve all helped make this possible! And of course thanks to all our members.

Our plans continue to evolve albeit things take time. It has always been our plan to use part of the Community Library for a local Community Hub with strong links to schools and residents. That is still the case. And during the first lockdown, the Community Hub was created.

You can also follow us on Facebook or stop by the library to say hello!

Shop on Amazon? Why not support the Community Library by nominating us as your chosen charity? It’s quick and easy to do – see Support us for more details.

Book donations – see Support us for more details.

Where can you find us and how to contact us – see Contact us.

What we offer

The Community Library is run entirely by unpaid volunteer staff who aim to provide our members and other customers with a friendly and helpful experience. Membership is free and it takes just a few minutes to process your completed registration card. Once processed, you’ll get your own unique membership card which you can then use to borrow up to three books for up to three weeks. Non-overdue books can be renewed, up to twice, by email, phone or text message. We don’t charge for overdue books but would suggest a donation to help pay for our general running costs.

Despite our limited space, we have a great range of books, including large print versions, and audio books, for adults, children and young people. These include fiction, biographies, information and reference books. We’re happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Members have the use of four laptops (some restrictions apply) and we always try to have a computer buddy on hand to help those who need it.

Printing, photocopying and laminating services are available (charges apply); even if you’re not a member, you can send us an email with the item you want printed attached.

Opening hours

We’re normally open on five days a week, as below, but during the Covid-19 pandemic our opening hours may vary without notice. We will re-open (again) on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 with opening hours as follows:

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: from 10am to 1pm
  • Wednesdays: 1pm to 5pm

With effect from Tuesday, 14 September 2021 and until further notice, the opening hours will be:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: from 10am to 1pm

Normal opening hours:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 10am to 5pm and
  • Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: from 10am to 1pm

Coronavirus Covid-19

Update on Tuesday, 6 April 2021:

We’re pleased to announce, in line with the government’s announcement on Monday, 5 April 2021, that we’ll re-open on Tuesday, 13 April 2021. Social distancing measures will still apply:

  • Maximum 4 customers at any time plus maximum 2 laptop users at any time
  • Face covering must be worn at all times
  • Hand sanitiser provided must be used
  • No computer buddy until further notice

Opening hours – Please refer to the Opening hours section above.

Please return all the books you have on loan from us. Automatic renewal of books will cease after Tuesday, 27 April 2021. Please refer to the previous update below for further information about non-overdue books and overdue books.

Book donations will be accepted from Tuesday, 13 April 2021 subject to the guidance at Support us.

The Trustees 6 April 2021

Previous update on Thursday, 24 December 2020:

With effect from Tuesday, 29 December 2020, the Community Library will be temporarily closed so as to comply with government rules in Tier 4 areas.

What does it mean for those who have borrowed books from the Community Library (LCL)? Please follow the guidance in the next few paragraphs below.

Please retain and look after all the books you have borrowed from us. They remain our property and you must return them to us once the Community Library re-opens. In the meantime, you are responsible for looking after them. Do not post any books through our letterbox.

Non-overdue books due back during the previous temporary closure will have been renewed but automatic renewal stopped after 1 December 2020. Automatic renewal will now be apply for such books providing they were not due back before 25 December 2020. Therefore you need not be concerned that your books become overdue during the temporary closure starting on 29 December 2020. Please return them as soon as you can once we re-open.

Overdue books that were already overdue at 1pm on Thursday, 24 December 2020 will remain overdue. Please return them as soon as you can once we re-open. We do not charge for overdue books but suggest a donation to help towards our general running costs. In making such a donation, you should (and we will) ignore the periods that the Community Library was temporarily closed as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

Other activities, such as Rhymetime, will not be run until further notice but we hope to be able to re-start Rhymetime at some point; so, look out for updates.

Other services that are normally available when we’re open (laptop use, printing, photocopying etc.) will be re-introduced as soon as we can.

Printing: if you come into the Community Library and, whilst there, send an email (with the item(s) to be printed attached) to the Community Library’s email inbox, our volunteers will be happy to print the item(s). Alternatively, you may be able to use a laptop (see below) and print from that. Charges apply for printing.

Laptops: two laptops will be made available as soon as possible once we are able to re-open. These are only available for members to use. Due to Covid-19 measures, no computer buddy will be available although our volunteers will try to help if they can and it is safe to do so. You must wear a face covering whilst suing a laptop (unless exempt) and you must sanitise your hands before using a laptop. The duration of time that a member may use a laptop may be limited at our sole discretion. We may withdraw any laptop use at our sole discretion.

Further updates will be posted here as and when appropriate. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/langneycommunitylib.

We are dependent upon our wonderful team of volunteers, many of whom are senior members of the community. Please show respect to our volunteers and all other library users.

The Trustees     24 December 2020