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Using the library

A quick guide to using the library, including borrowing, renew & return, enquiry service, accessibility for all, including new residents in Nottingham & the UK.


Some libraries are closed temporarily, though many remain available with a change to facilities | See our dedicated page for the latest information on facilities, including Click & Collect and PC & printing services

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After an independent review Nottingham City Libraries have been awarded a cabinet office Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark.

In our library quick guide below, you can find out more about accessing Nottingham City Libraries and how to contact us.



All of our libraries have ramped access. We also offer facilities, specialist services and support for citizens with disabilities to use Nottingham City Libraries including



Did you know? With only one membership card across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, you can borrow up to 24 loans at a time, which covers you for: books, newspapers & magazines, talking books, music scores, CDs & DVDs, and language courses. Plus you can even download eBooks, eMagazines and eAudio. [Link to eBooks, eMagazines and eAudio].



  • You can renew your loans four times without taking them into a library (online, by phone or in person with your card number and PIN). Alternatively, you can visit any Nottingham or Nottinghamshire library in person with your loans and card.
  • Reserved items cannot be renewed and should be returned as soon as possible.


  • You can return your loans to any Nottingham or Nottinghamshire Library.

Late returns will be charged an overdue fine (some members are exempt) Avoid fines by renewing and receive free reminders by email or text when your loans are nearly due, just ask staff to sign you up.

When you join the library it gives you access to lots of helpful resources, including books, magazines & newspapers as well as digital resources – that can help you get to know the heart of your community.
Nottingham City Libraries offer a range of online events & activities through its Discover & Get Involved page.

You can even get help with employment by joining a work club or volunteering. Volunteering or practice your English: at a conversation group or with our free language courses on CD and IELTS course materials.
Nottingham City Libraries offer access to the Life in Great Britain software for everyone preparing for the British Citizenship test, and you can use a computer Computers, Wifi & Printing page to apply for a visa (we can’t advise on the visa application but can help with the digital process).

For help with other council services visit welcome information for Nottingham city residents.

If you don’t live in Nottingham City, Derby City* or Nottinghamshire you can still join at any Nottingham City Library with proof of your name and address.

*See the full benefits of the Derby / Nottingham METRO strategy here. 

If unable to join you can still use the library to read or attend events, you can also use a computer for a small fee, go to our charges & fees page for full details.

When visiting to research Family History it is advisable to contact The Local Studies Library before travelling.


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