Hello and welcome to our site!

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 library for a local community hub with strong links to schools and residents. That is still the case.

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

What we offer

The 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 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 coronavirus Covid-19 situation we will be permanently closed until further notice:

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

Coronavirus Covid-19

With effect from 1pm on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, the Library will be permanently closed until further notice in order to help control the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

This action has been taken by the Trustees of Langney Community Library (LCL) in the best interests of our volunteer staff and our Library members, many of whom fall within the ‘at risk’ groups. This action is line with the government’s guidance and other best practice which the Trustee are duty bound to observe. We will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.

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

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

Non-overdue books will be renewed, or treated as renewed, during the period that the Library remains closed as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 situation. Therefore you need not be concerned that you cannot renew your book – it will be done for you, automatically. As you cannot return your borrowed books, all we ask is that you look after them and return them to us when we re-open.

Books that were already overdue at 1pm on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 will remain as overdue. 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 period that the Library remains closed as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 situation.

Other activities such as Rhymetime will not be run during the period that the Library remains closed as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 situation.

Clearly all other services that are normally available when we’re open (laptop use, printing, photocopying etc.) will not be available during the period that the Library remains closed as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 situation.

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

Update on 16/06/2020:


There are currently no plans to re-open the library imminently.

The Trustees continue to be guided by the relevant Government advice and regulations which we are monitoring and will closely follow when we re-open, to ensure the protection of our volunteers and library users. Currently libraries are not allowed to re-open.

As a small independent volunteer-run community library we are faced with the challenge of the layout of the library to comply with social distancing. It is already clear that many activities that we offered will simply not be possible with social distancing in place, and so when we re-open, it will be with a much-reduced service and restricted hours.

We remind all members of Langney Community Library (LCL) to retain any books they have borrowed from LCL, and return them when we re-open.

We are dependent upon our wonderful team of volunteers, many of whom are senior members of the community. We will prepare for re-opening when it is safe for our volunteers and library users. We will let library users know our plans as soon as we can and, of course, our website and Facebook page will be kept up to date with our plans.

Meanwhile we are attempting to complete the community hub building works in our basement area, whilst the library is closed.

The Trustees     16 June 2020