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Using the library

A quick guide to using the library, including: Accessibility, borrow, renew & return, enquiry services, and new residents in Nottingham & the UK.

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

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Making the Library Accessible

Accessibility is important to us and all of our libraries have ramp access and the majority have automatic doors, those with facilities above ground floor have lift access. We also offer facilities, specialist services and support for citizens with disabilities to use Nottingham City Libraries and by making our online services accessible

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Borrow, renew, return

Did you know? With a Nottingham City Library card you can borrow, renew and return your loans at any of our libraries or any Inspire (Nottinghamshire) Libraries

  • Borrow up to 24 loans at a time; books, newspapers & magazines, talking books, music scores, CDs & DVDs, language courses (most of our services are free but see Library Charges and fees for more information), as well as the 24 loans from a library you can download eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eAudio.
  • Renew  your loans four times without taking them into a library (online, by phone or in person with your card number and PIN). Or if you need them even longer visit any Nottingham or Inspire (Nottinghamshire) Library with your loans and card. If someone else has reserved the item it cannot be renewed and should be returned as soon as possible.
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New residents in Nottingham and the UK

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.

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

Visitors to Nottingham

You can apply for a library card if you: Live in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and the surrounding counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. Or work / study in Nottingham but don’t live in any of the above.

If you are not able to join you can: Visit the library or attend online events. Use a computer for a small fee, go to our charges & fees page for full details.

Researching your Nottingham history? Now the New Central Library has opened  The Local Studies Library  is open to visitors. They are still offering a remote research service and you can find out more on the Local Studies and Family History webpage and contact them by email.

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Customer Service Excellence quality mark

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