GETTING BACK IN TO LIBRARIES
We will continue to make the library a safe place for customers and staff by keeping some of our safety measures.
Following new Government guidelines face coverings are now mandatory when visiting libraries (unless you are exempt), we’re doing all we can to make the library safe for you. We will continue to offer hand sanitizer and regularly clean the library.
Information about opening times can be found on our Find a Library page we always advise checking for emergency changes to services before travelling to a library.
What else is new?
- Nottingham Central Library stock can be reserved free of charge via the online library catalogue and some collections have been relocated to other libraries, find out more on the Nottingham Central Library page.
- You can view Local Studies archive Newspapers on microfilm by appointment at St. Ann’s Valley Centre Library
- Some libraries are now offering print from your own device, find out more about Princh
- Some regular activities are back in libraries, visit your local library page to find out more
- We are holding some one-off special activities in libraries
- We are starting to offer some volunteering opportunities
- Fines amnesty and free reservations continues until further notice. You now have more time to return your books, without the worry of fines. With libraries back to their original opening hours there’s more opportunity to visit and while you return books you can browse and choose some more.
You can also still
- drop in to our available libraries – they are back to their original opening hours and Nottingham Performing Arts Library Service is fully open again.
- visit the library to browse the shelves and choose books, with no time limit on your stay, for adults and children
- you can sit and study, or read in the library and use your own device on the WiFi
- use the PCs, printers, scanners and you can book a session yourself on Netloan, by telephoning the library or at the desk when you visit.
- hire a library room
- use the Inter-Library Loan service for books from other UK libraries
- Feel safe, we will continue to offer hand sanitizer, regularly clean the library, you will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and you can use your track and trace app on entering the library.
- Use our Click and Collect service at any of our open libraries
- Reserve (hold) books and other library items on the online library catalogue
- Return items borrowed from any Nottingham or Nottinghamshire (Inspire) Library
What is coming next?
We will gradually bring back more events and resume regular activities in libraries.
We are working hard to bring back everything you love about libraries.
We will continue to update this page with any changes to services, please keep checking here for announcements. Also, always check the website page of the library you plan to visit before travelling, in case of emergency changes to services.
Which libraries are open?
All our libraries are now available except
- Nottingham Central Library at Angel Row and Sherwood Library, both are closed until the new buildings are complete. You can find more information about these and all of our available libraries by visiting our Find a Library page.
Some are running reduced services:
- Nottingham Local Studies Library Service is closed to visitors but offering a remote enquiry service via email, LocalStudies.Library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk and web resources via the Local Studies and Family History page
Please check on your library’s page for current opening hours and any emergency messages before visiting.
Did you know you can also pick up a rapid flow test at our libraries? Find out more here
For more information about our services
Click on the links below, and continue further down this page for more details. If you can’t find what you are looking for and have a question please contact us
You can reserve books and other items on the online library catalogue, to be collected from any Nottingham City or Inspire (Notts County) library. Until Further Notice there are no charges for Nottingham City Library members. Please note: Reservation fees will appear on your account, but charges will be removed automatically by the following day.
If the book you want is not listed on the catalogue. For books not available in Nottingham City or Inspire (Nottinghamshire County) Libraries we can take requests to either buy a copy for stock or try and get the book via an Inter-Library Loan from other UK Libraries, including The British Library. Both are subject to availability and for Inter-Library Loans charges will apply.
Don’t forget… we also have eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and eNewspapers that you can read at home on a PC, iPad, Tablet or smartphone.
Our fines amnesty for Nottingham City Library members continues until further notice.
There are never any charges for books and other library loans that are returned on time. If you have had your books a long time we would like you to return them so that other people can borrow them. Why not swap them for a great new read?