Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Libraries to close for essential improvements

Self-service terminals are being installed at Chichester Library

A number of West Sussex libraries are set to close for a short period this month to undergo essential improvements.

The temporary closures will see four branches shut for no longer than eight days.

It is in a bid to improve their IT and electrical systems before new self-service machines are installed later this summer.

Ferring Library was the first branch to close – shutting on Saturday June 9 – and will reopen at 9am on Saturday June 16. The other libraries temporarily affected include:

•     Henfield Library – which will close at 2pm on Saturday June 16 and will reopen at 10am on Saturday June 23.

•     Broadwater Library – which shuts at 1pm on Saturday June 23 before reopening at 9am on Thursday 28 June.

•     Petworth Library – which closes at 5pm on Wednesday June 27 and will reopen at 1pm on Tuesday July 3.

Readers can still borrow up to 20 books or DVDs from the branches before they close or use any other library across the county.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader, Lionel Barnard, oversees the Library Service.

He said: “These remedial works and improvements will ensure that all four libraries will be able to quickly install self-service machines at a later date without having to close for weeks at a time.

“We are already seeing the benefits from the new terminals in other libraries.

“They are an efficient method for loaning books and will make borrowing a quick and simple process.”

To find out more information, including the opening times of other branches, contact the West Sussex Library Service on: 01243 642 111.

Alternatively, for more about the new self-service machines, you can visit:

Self service machines for Littlehampton Library