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150 Years of Nottingham City Libraries

The first Nottingham Public Lending Library opened in 1868. It was opened by Mayor John Barber, and situated on Thurland Street in premises formerly used by Artizans’ Library.

It contained almost 10,000 books, 400 members signed up on the first day and 70,512 books were issued in the first year.

This Libraries Week, take a moment to enjoy these images of Nottingham libraries from our Local Studies collection.

1929 Crowds at Sneinton Library opening Reading Room Hyson Green Library 1938 edited Old Basford reading room and book delivery station - edited
1929 Crowds at Sneinton Library opening
Reading Room Hyson Green Library 1938 edited
Old Basford reading room and book delivery station - edited

Top Left to Bottom Right: 1929 Crowds at Sneinton Library opening | 1938 Hyson Green Library reading room | Old Basford reading room and book delivery station.

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019 Wollaton Library issue desk, opening day 1961 edited
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Radford-Lenton branch library | Wollaton Library issue desk, opening day 1961  | Study Room, Aspley Branch, 1937

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Report of the County Library, 1949-1950   |  Display in Central Library for Centenary, 1968

007 Staff in Gymnasium at Central Library 4 1933 edited 014 Aspley Library, laying of foundation stone 1937 edited
007 Staff in Gymnasium at Central Library 4 1933 edited
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Staff in Gymnasium at Central Library, 1933    | Aspley Library, laying of foundation stone, 1937

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ketch of the first Nottingham Free Library, Thurland Street c. 1868.jpg
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Sketch of the first Nottingham Free Library, Thurland Street c. 1868 | Clifton Branch, old and new opening day, 1960  | Central Library, South Sherwood Street, 1967

Want to explore more images of Nottingham?

Delve into the rich history of Nottingham with Picture Nottingham, an extensive collection of photos, postcards, glass plates and engravings from our libraries.

Our image library covers the last 100 years and more of history from the local community, industry, landscape and archaeology. Read information about each photo to discover more of the local story

Picture Nottingham

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