An overview of the services and facilities available to everyone at Nottingham City Libraries
Promoting literature through books and resources: As a library member you can borrow up to 24 items at a time, including books, talking books, music scores, CDs & DVDs and language courses.
We also have a large collection of digital resources, including eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eAudio, eReference and more.
Click & Collect: You can order via our online form, and our staff will select up to 24 books for you, including children’s books, fiction, large print, non-fiction and talking books. Once all your books are ready you can come and collect them at your convenience.
Children and young people’s areas: All our libraries offer spaces for children and teenagers, and we offer a range of free activities for all ages.
Local studies and family history: Discover the history of Nottingham through our collection of archive documents, books, maps and photographs. Our expert Local Studies team also offer a remote research and enquiry service and can give advice on using our resources to help you research local and family history.
Cultural programme: We regularly host literary events, creative writing workshops, author talks and our yearly sell-out Reader’s Day event. Children can immerse themselves in theatre through a wide range of fantastic performances in our libraries through our partnership with The Spark Arts.
Nottingham Performing Arts Library Services (NPALS): NPALS lends multiple copies of plays, vocal scores and orchestral sets to organisations across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derby and directly to groups around the UK.
Stock collections: All our libraries have books and a selection of leaflets on a wide range of health topics, such as healthy living, specific conditions and mental health. We also have a collection of Memory Packs: reminiscence collections designed for people living with dementia.
Home Library Service: A free service for those with restricted mobility and their carers, who have no other way to use the library. The Home Library Service can bring books, talking books, DVDs and CDs to your door.
Volunteering: We offer lots of opportunities to get involved in supporting our work. Roles range from homework helpers and gardeners to assisting with research tasks in our local studies library.
Prison library: Nottingham City Libraries has a library inside HMP Nottingham, in partnership with HM Prison Service. It is available to inmates, prison officers and others who work in the prison.
Events programme: All our Libraries offer a varied events programme, which brings people together and tackles isolation. This includes our Games Cafés, Knit & Natter sessions and book groups as well as councillor surgeries and library talks on various topics of local and national interest.
Early years and school-age offer
Bookstart: Bookstart supports you to enjoy books with your child from as early an age as possible. Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children as babies and before they start school, to inspire a love of reading, give children a flying start in life and help families enjoy reading together every day.
Children’s Book Award: Pre-school children can vote for their favourite story in the annual Nottingham Children’s Book Award. The award, launched in 2001, encourages young people to develop a love of books and reading.
Totstime: Parents can meet other parents while their toddlers sing, read, play and laugh along with our staff.
School-age support: Working with local schools and educational associations, we strive to help children develop. Schools can visit our libraries for one-off or regular visits.
We encourage reading for pleasure through various programmes and our regular on-site offer includes Homework Help sessions, Code Club, Lego Club, The Summer Reading Challenge and lots more.
School holiday activities: We always have a jam-packed programme on offer during every school holiday, to ensure children are entertained.
Our adult offer
Computers, printing and WiFi: You can go to any of our libraries to use a computer for free and enjoy free WiFi on your own device. All libraries offer a low-cost printing and photocopying service.
English language support: Our Language Cafes and Conversation groups help people practise and improve their spoken English in an informal and relaxed setting.
Lifelong learning: We regularly run courses (on-site and online) to help people discover new hobbies, improve digital skills, find new strategies to manage health and wellbeing or help get people back into employment.
Business & IP Centre Nottingham: The Business & IP Centre supports Nottingham’s entrepreneurs with research tools, expert advice and a programme of events and networking opportunities.
Room hire: We offer spaces to hire for meetings, events and children’s parties.
Work clubs: Get help with job searching, writing your CV and job applications at our weekly sessions.
Improving digital literacy: We regularly run workshops designed to improve people’s basic digital skills and take part in national campaigns such as Internet Safety Week, Get Online Week and more.
Information hub: All our libraries have career and business resources.
*Please note that due to current restrictions, our current offer is restricted and we are not able to facilitate on-site events.