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Struggling with self-isolation? Then the West Sussex Library Service want residents to join them online.

Anyone who is currently not a member of their local library, can join for free at www.westsussex.gov.uk/elibrary.

Once a welcome email has been received, they will have access to the e-library service, where there is an extended range of downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, comics and newspapers.

Newspapers and magazines are free to download and there is no limit on the number that can be downloaded at one time.

The library team is also investing in hundreds of extra e-book titles for adults and children, which are being added daily.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “The library service has put in a lot of time and effort to make sure that people’s ability to read is not negatively impacted whilst the libraries are temporarily closed and they have seen an increase in the number of people signing up to their online services, which means that more residents are able to access e-books, newspapers and audiobooks.

“Knowing their library users well, they also took the decision to establish a virtual reading group on Facebook. You don’t have to be a member to join in the conversation and you’ll be able to have conversations with like-minded individuals.

“We are all spending much more time at home at the moment, but you can put that time to good use – why not try reading that book you’ve always wanted to, or try a completely new genre. We’re here to help you pass the time by as quickly as possible.”

Alongside things to read, the online library service has temporary access to Find My Past where residents can trace their family history and free online learning courses to build professional skills or carry on studying.

The team are also looking at innovative ways to have interactive rhyme time and knit and natter sessions soon.

Follow the West Sussex Library Service on Facebook (@WestSussexLibraries) or Twitter (@WSCCLibraries) to get the most up-to-date information or you can join the West Sussex Library Service e-newsletter by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk and searching for ‘email alerts’.