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Libraries in Brighton Brighton’s libraries offer a comprehensive information service designed to meet the needs of the community, visitors, businesses and students.

There are 17 libraries in the city, including a mobile service and equal access centre, which combined have around 600,000 items in stock, including books, journals, videos, DVDs, CDs and cassettes, audio books and toys.

In addition to this there are nearly 100 computers for the public to use in the libraries, offering free Internet access, word processing and email.

To borrow any materials from a Brighton library you will need to be a member. To join all you need to do is pop into one of the branches with two forms of identification, such as a passport, utility bill or driver’s licence, and staff will be able to give you a library card.

Once you have joined, you may borrow items from any of the city’s libraries as well as being able to use the computers free of charge.

A new state-of-the-art Central Library [map] is currently being built in Jubilee Street in the city centre and is due to open early this year. This £45 million scheme will transform a run-down area in the heart of Brighton with the creation of a new square, hotel, residential, retail and leisure buildings.

The new central library will be one of the first fully sustainable public buildings in the country and has already won top rating from the Building Research Establishment (BREAM). Cutting-edge design allows natural light and heat to permeate the building through architectural glass panels, while the special floor absorbs the heat and forms part of a low-energy release ventilation and heating system.

As well as a unique design the new library will have three times the amount of stock currently on public display, along with an exhibition area, community meeting rooms and computer facilities outside of library opening hours.

For more information on Brighton’s library service and the construction of the new central library visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

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