University of Sussex Library

Contact details

Website: Email: Tel: 01273 678163

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About the library

Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the University of Sussex Library has been a central feature of academic life since the campus was established as the first of a new wave of Universities in the early 1960s. We are dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative information services which contribute to the successful learning, teaching and research of the University and the community.

The materials in the Library reflect the wide range of the University’s teaching and research. There are over 650,000 books and journals in its main collection, as well as government publications, audio visual materials, Archives and Rare Books. The Library has a growing number of online resources and is transitioning to a digital library environment.

As well as offering 24-hour weekday access to the building and collections during term time, we are also open at weekends and provide remote access to a wide range of online content and services.

The local library catalogue is available online.

We also hold a number of Special Collections at The Keep, a state-of-the-art building and centre of excellence for conservation and preservation, representing the new generation of archive buildings in the UK. It includes:

  • The papers of Rudyard Kipling
  • The New Statesman Archive
  • Bloomsbury Group and the Monks House Papers (Virginia Woolf)
  • The Mass Observation Archive containing the papers of the social research organisation of the 1930s and 40s and continues to collect new material in the present day.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • University of Sussex Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Please see membership options and access information for the University Library at: Visitor information. For information relating to Special Collections, please see The Keep visitor information and also the University of Sussex Special Collections' contributor page at the Archives Hub.


University of Sussex Library