Normal service resumes as Langney Library reopens

Normal service has resumed at Langney Library after a collapsed roof meant the shopping centre had to close.

The damage occurred to the centre, which was home to the library, shortly before Christmas but doors reopened this week after repair work and safety checks were completed.

“This is the news we have been waiting for,” said Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services.

“Library staff have worked very hard to ensure that as little disruption as possible was caused to the service over the past seven months and St Barnabas Church which has given us great support in allowing us to use a small space to do this, but there is nothing better than having a permanent home.”

Staff worked around the clock earlier this week to ensure the shelves were stacked and everything was in its place in time for the reopening on Tuesday 13 August.

“The reopening gives residents the perfect opportunity to pay us a visit and take a look at the wide range of services available at their local library,” Cllr Dowling added.

As well as books, visitors to Langney Library can take out audiobooks and DVDs, access the Internet for free and apply for bus passes, bus travel discounts and carers discount cards or make an enquiry.

Children aged four to 11 can get going on the Summer Reading Challenge. There’s still plenty of time to join and read six books over the summer holidays with exciting prizes such as wristbands, stickers and medals.

The library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm and on Fridays from 9.30am to 2pm.