COVID-19: Library update: keeping our libraries safe

Opening times

All our libraries are open and our team is operating a mixture of home and on-site working. To comply with government guidance, everyone is required to wear a face mask and to please keep a 2m distance from staff and colleagues at all times. Below are our opening times for each site:

  • RSCH, Brighton: Monday – Friday 09.00am – 5.00pm
  • PRH, Haywards Heath: Monday – Friday 09.00am – 5,00pm
  • Mill View, Hove: Monday – Friday 9.30 – 5.30pm

Contact us for 24 hour access at RSCH and PRH libraries.

MVH library restrictions

We regret a maximum of just six people will be allowed to work or study in the MVH Library at any one time due to social distancing guidance. Email for advice or to reserve a pc ahead.


Please note: under BSUH Trust regulations, facemasks are required at all times when using the RSCH and PRH libraries. You can collect a mask from the main entrances of both hospitals.

Sanitization measures

We’re taking extra measures to protect our staff and library users, such as cleaning all door handles, computers, phones and self-issue kiosks with clinical wipes on a regular basis. Wipes are also available for you to clean pcs and desk areas after you have used them. Hand sanitisers are in the public areas of all our libraries.

All our returned books are being quarantined for three days and wiped before re-shelving. This may cause slight delays before books are available so thank you for your patience.


On-site teaching has resumed in our training rooms at the RSCH and PRH libraries. Places are limited to comply with social distancing guidance but you online-only sessions are also offered. Dates and booking details are here:

Extended loan periods

The loan period for all items has been extended to 8 weeks. You will be contacted if your book is needed by another member; otherwise you can renew online as many times as needed. See instructions here: (under Guide to Your Online Library Account).

Handling cash

To avoid cash-handling, we have suspended printing and photocopying charges in the RSCH and PRH libraries:

Detailed instructions are displayed in each library on how to do this, or ask for help from a member of the library team.

Contact for further help and guidance.