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Nottingham Central Library

New Central Library Building

A New Chapter for Central Library

Plans have been approved for work to get underway on Nottingham’s new Central Library in July, creating a landmark development at the heart of the city’s regenerated Southside.

The replacement for the old Central Library on Angel Row will be ready to open to the public summer 2023 after the work to turn the building into a modern library has been completed.

The City Council’s Executive Board was told that a number of assessments of the design and affordability of the scheme have been carried out and that careful management of the city’s property portfolio and successful sales have allowed £10.5m to be identified within the council’s capital programme for the work.

The work involves turning the shell of the building – part of the new Broad Marsh Car Park and Bus Station complex – into a modern library, and so also involves installing new floors, lifts, electrics and plumbing.

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A Modern and Ambitious Library for All

Spread over three floors and fully accessible via lifts, the new library will feature a high-quality children’s library with an immersive story telling room, extensive book collection and comfortable areas to sit and read. Other amenities will include:

  • Feature book walls and shelving to display a large collection of books
  • Free wi-fi and free access to computers, laptops and iPads  
  • café & ground floor reception area which can be converted into a performance space
  • Specialist and rare collections room for local study material
  • Learning lab for special activities and school class visits
  • Meeting rooms
  • Exhibition space
  • Creative design areas
  • Business Intellectual Property Centre for the city.
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New Central Library

Temporary re-allocation of stock

We have ensured that much of our Central Library stock is still available for public use whilst Central library is closed through our reservations (holds) service, and through relocating some materials to other libraries.

The remainder of Nottingham Central Library’s stock has been moved to temporary storage facilities, pending the completion of the replacement Central Library, and is available to reserve free of charge. We will try to minimise any inconvenience as much as possible and do apologise for any disruption to access this might cause for our users.

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