How do you rate library services?

PEOPLE in East Sussex are being asked to give their views on library services during a three-month review.

The county council library and information service is looking at how it provides rural and mobile library services – including its libraries in the Eastbourne area.

The council wants to ensure it is giving residents the best service at the best price – and in the right place at the right time.

The review runs for 12 weeks from Monday, February 27 to Monday, May 21, and people can complete a survey in paper copy or online at

Councillor Tony Freebody, lead member for community services at the council, said, “We’d like to find out how people want to access their library services – and see if we can make some changes and improvements to fit in with what they want.

“We’d also like to know if any local groups or organisations would like to work with us to improve services.

“We’re investing millions of pounds with new libraries and library developments scheduled for Seaford and Hastings and plans for library improvements at Newhaven.

“We’d like to hear from as many people and organisations as possible to help us continue to improve the service and build a library network that meets the needs of our residents.”

Two surveys will be available during the review – one for individuals and another for groups and organisations.

Printed copies will be available in all libraries and a range of community locations.

People can also ask for a printed copy by calling (01273) 335551.

Copies are also available in large print, Braille or in a different language on request.

Once the survey has closed the results will be compiled and reports drawn up for councillors and senior managers.

Any proposals for change will be opened to full public consultation before any decisions are made.