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.
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.
Radford-Lenton branch library | Wollaton Library issue desk, opening day 1961 | Study Room, Aspley Branch, 1937
Report of the County Library, 1949-1950 | Display in Central Library for Centenary, 1968
Staff in Gymnasium at Central Library, 1933 | Aspley Library, laying of foundation stone, 1937
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
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