Digital library launched in Crawley

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E-books have been made available for download for West Sussex residents.

The county council launched a digital library service on Monday (June 23).

Lionel Barnard, cabinet member for Resident Services, said: “This is an exciting new digital service from the Library Service, available free of charge and available 24/7.

“We want to attract a new audience who prefer to read digitally. We also hope this new service will increase access to our libraries for our customers who find it difficult to visit a physical library.

“It will also benefit our visually impaired readers with all the accessibility features such as increased font size.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said the e-books can be read on computers, smartphones, tablets and e-book readers.

The files are not compatible with Kindle 1st Generation and Paperwhite models.

People can borrow up to seven e-books and ten e-audio titles for three weeks from the service’s website.

The files would be deleted from user accounts with no late return fee.

Each title had unlimited availability.

The library had 1,000 e-books, 1,000 e-audio files and 100 magazine titles.

The spokesman said it was growing daily in line with the public’s uptake of the service.

For more information visit or your local library.