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There are 36 public libraries in West Sussex which offer a variety of services. You can borrow books (fiction and non-fiction), CDs, DVDs and audiotapes, as well as use the PCs to access the internet.

Although all West Sussex libraries hold a selection of material pertaining to their local area, Worthing holds the largest local studies collection which covers the whole county, including over 1.5 million photographs and pictures, and contemporary guidebooks (many illustrated) from the early 19th century to date.

The West Sussex Past Pictures website has over 12,500 images, including hundreds of seaside scenes, downloadable free of charge.


Museums provide a rich source of information about our history and culture. All museums welcome school parties and while some offer a formal education service, all are likely to be able to respond to specific requests from teachers with custom-designed sessions and are capable of delivering a variety of sessions designed to meet the needs of the National Curriculum.  Such sessions range from guided tours of exhibitions to handling sessions using real and reproduction objects and materials.

West Sussex Record Office

The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Its aim is to collect and preserve the documentary and recorded heritage of the County of West Sussex. Its collections include records of local government from the 16th century, the Diocese of Chichester and its parishes and those of businesses, families, estates, societies and schools. It also holds records of West Sussex hospitals, the West Sussex Constabulary and The Royal Sussex Regiment.

The Record Office holds nearly 200,000 photographs and pictures, many thousands of which depict West Sussex seaside resorts.

Schools Library Service

The Schools Library Service supports the curriculum in West Sussex schools through the provision of quality resources and consultancy. Libraries have a vital role within the learning environment, and in developing independent learning skills.

For full details on how they can support you, check out their pages on the West Sussex Grid for Learning website.

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