Information for visitors

Due to the COVID 19 situation we would like to announce that the Library building is closed until further notice. Library services will continue to operate remotely and there are many of our materials that visitors can continue to access freely online.

Freely available materials

The following Library Guide brings together a selection of the Open Access resources and freely available online materials that appear our other guides. These digital resources can be accessed by anyone from anywhere, simply browse the tabs to select the type of material you’re after and click on the title of the resource you’d like to access. Find the guide here.

Skills Hub

Welcome to the Skills Hub! This resource will help you to develop your Academic Skills whilst at Sussex. It brings together all of the web resources, workshops and support that are available to you as a Sussex student. Academic Skills are essential to successful study; from time management and note making, all the way through to reference management and exam writing techniques. These skills will help you to fully engage with, and excel, in your studies here.

Background and history of the Library

The Library was opened by the Queen in 1964. It was designed by Sir Basil Spence and was one of the first campus buildings to be used. The team, led by Spence, were responsible not only for the building itself but also for the furniture and fittings, including bookshelves, chairs and study spaces. Though protected by Grade II listed status, the Library building has been extended on several occasions since it opened, and recently underwent a substantial £7.4 million refurbishment.

The University Library holds materials covering a wide range of disciplines reflecting the variety and interdisciplinarity of degree programmes and courses that have been taught at the University since it was established.