Sussex Downs College Learning Centres

Welcome to the Sussex Downs College Learning Centres. We have Learning Centres in Lewes and in Eastbourne, and all students are welcome to use any of our Learning Centres.

Opening Hours


Monday 9:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am – 6pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 6pm
Thursday 8:30am – 6pm
Friday 8:30am – 5pm


Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 5pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 2pm
Thursday 9:00am – 5pm
Friday 9:00am – 4pm


Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am – 6pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 6pm
Thursday 8:30am – 6pm
Friday 9:30am – 5pm


If you need any help using the Learning Centres or need any information, Please ask a member of our team. We’re here to help.

The Learning Centres are designed to be both a resources area and a place for quiet study and we aim to provide:
-Resources and services to meet the needs of students and staff at Sussex Down College
-Easy access to resources and information
-An appropriate environment for private study

We’re here to help with your assignment research, and can advise you on referencing, copyright and plagiarism.At various times the Learning Centre offers open sessions on research skills and referencing.

Contact Us

Lewes Learning Centre: 030 300 38311
Grove House Learning Centre: 030 300 39161
Park Learning Centre: 030 300 39104


The learning centres have a wide selection of books, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, magazines and electronic journals and databases to support your research needs. The Learning Centres hold more than 48 000 books, more than 150 journal titles, more than 3000 e-books, access to 15 electronic databases and provide access to more than 200 computers. The full list of resources can be found on the Leaning Centre catalogue (Heritage) on the learning centres or ilearn pages. Click in this link to access the Learning Centre Catalogue. We also offer stationery for sale, access to binding and laminating facilities, photocopiers and printing.

Online Resources

The Learning Centre subscribes to several online resources, such as databases containing newspaper articles, art images, dictionaries, business information and collections of E-books. Links to these resources can be found on the Learning Centres pages on our ilearn pages. Each resource may be searched individually, but to make searching easier, we now have a single portal for searching all of our online resources, through our Discovery tool. The Discovery tool is easy to use, and can be accessed via our ilearn pages.

Using a Computer in the LEARNING CENTRE

The Learning Centres provide computers to enable students to complete course work while on campus. The computers are provided on a drop in basis, and it is not necessary to book a computer. However, it is possible to book a PC for a specific time, or to book a machine with specific software or in a specific zone of the Learning Centre. To Make a booking, please click on the following link My PC (computer booking system).
In addition to the PCs we have a range of laptops which may be used in the Learning Centres.
The LC computers are provided for course work only, and to ensure there are computers available for students needing to complete their work, we do not permit the use of social networking sites or game playing.

THE SUSSEX DOWNS College Wireless network

Our wireless network is available in the Learning Centres, and in various spots around campus. This means you can bring your own laptop, netbook, smartphone or iPad to use in college. Power-points are available for laptops in the Learning Centres. Please use headphones or ensure that all sounds are turned off.

Study Zones

The Learning centres are divided into colour coded zones.
Students have different study styles – some students like to work with noise, others like to work in silence. To try and accommodate these very different needs, the LCs are divided into zones:
Yellow = group work – in this area, you may work together, talk  quietly about work
Green = Individual study – this is for working on your own
Blue = silent study. No talking allowed
Please consider other Learning Centre users and use the area which is appropriate for the type of study you need to do.

Out of hours services

If you cannot come in to the Learning Centre during opening hours, we have additional services:
-You can ask for items to be left at reception for you (Phone or use the form on ilearn)
-Items can be returned to reception, or to the drop boxes outside each Learning Centre
-Computers are also available: Park has an internet café; there is a computer classroom opposite reception in Ecat House in Eastbourne

Please use this link to open a request form

Have your say

The Learning Centre runs forums, consults with the Student council, has a forum on ilearn, and runs an annual survey to hear what you have to say. You are also welcome to e-mail us at or contact the Learning Centres Co-ordinators.

The Learning Centre staff are here to help – please speak to us if you need assistance, or have any questions about the Learning Centres.

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