This week we take a moment to celebrate libraries in all their forms and the important part they play in their local communities.
This year’s theme is Taking Action, Changing Lives and below highlights just some of the great projects we are running that you might not have heard about.
HMP Nottingham Library – Improving Futures
Over 60% of the current prison population has a literacy level no higher than primary school level, and our Prison Library staff are working hard to reduce this figure.
Find out more about the library and our Storytime Dads programme….
Supporting businesses and start-ups out of lockdown
Libraries Week is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the wide-ranging impact libraries have as centres for continued learning, regeneration and development.
What’s on offer through BIPC…
- Four new local Business & IP Centres will open at Bulwell Riverside, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Beeston libraries, providing insights and access to free resources, training and events
- Our Fit for Business programme will start in October, featuring webinars, one-to-ones and a Business Club to bring business inspiration and showcase practical advice.
- Businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs can also access free online accountancy support and advice on how to protect their intellectual property.
Removing Barriers to Local History
If there is one area of libraries we think of as full of dusty tomes its often Local Studies. Well not our Local Studies! Our team have been working tirelessly to make the collections accessible to everyone and these are just some of the projects they have been working on.
- Mapping Nottingham – We are digitising thousands of Nottingham Local Studies maps so they will be freely available online to browse and search.
- Digitising oral histories – Over 100 of our oral histories will be digitised and available to listen to as part of the British Library ‘Unlocking our sounds’ project.
- Card Subject Index – Over 300,000 cards from the Nottingham Local Studies Library ‘Doubleday Index’ are being sorted and scanned, with plans to make the scans available to browse in all our libraries.
- Online Jigsaws– started during lockdown as a reminder of the places we love around Nottingham, our online jigsaws have proved so popular that we’ve decided to carry on creating them.
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
- 70,512 books were issued in the first year