Library opening hours


Have your say on proposed changes

East Sussex County Council has to make savings of more than £70 million by March 2019. This includes a savings target of £2million in the library service. We need to make some difficult decisions to achieve this.

We are proposing to reduce opening hours across our 24 libraries by around 25% on average, to save around £500,000 a year. We would like to hear your views about the following draft proposals:

  • All libraries will be open only between the hours of 10am and 5pm
  • Libraries that currently open later than 5.30pm would retain one evening opening until 6pm
  • Libraries that open on a Saturday will continue to do so

No changes would be made to the E-library service, which allows library members to access e-books and e-audiobooks and a range of free online reference material 24 hours a day. Members and non-members will still be able to make enquiries online or by phone.

Full details about the proposals for each library are on our consultation page. You can give your views about library opening hours until 3 April 2016.

Visit to tell us what you think

What happens next

These proposals are part of a wider review of the library service looking at the way services are provided, including staffing levels and stock funds.

Following this consultation updated proposals will be presented to Cabinet in summer 2016. If approved, the reduction in opening hours would take effect in autumn 2016.

New Afternoon Quiz

Meridian Forum have teamed up with

Following the successful Older People’s Day Quiz at Piddinghoe, Maggie Selby (U3A) and Kate Davies (Meridian Forum) have joined forces to run regular Afternoon Quizzes in different venues across Peacehaven and Newhaven.

To begin with these will be bi-monthly, with the first one on Wednesday 10th February at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven  from 2.00 – 4.00pm, in Room 7.
£2.00 per person (to help cover the cost of room hire)
Coffee, tea and cake available in the café.

Come as a team or come as you are.

For more details phone Maggie 01273 584994 or Kate 01273 516207

Notice of further quizzes will be posted on here on the website.


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The Havens Happy Club

An informal, fun coffee morning for the over 55’s held alternate Thursdays mornings in the communal lounge at St David’s Court, Balcombe Road, Peacehaven BN10 7QB.

Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Cost: £2.00 which includes tea/coffee/cakes and biscuits

Come along and join us, you will always be made to feel welcome. Have a go at our craft activities, or simply sit and have a chat. We have talks and discussions and we always end each morning with a quiz. It is an ideal opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

Phone: 01273 585473 or 01323 896473

Transport may be available depending on personal circumstances