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Good reasons to visit your library now!

Libraries are many things to many people, but one thing we’ve all experienced over the last year is missing the amazing services, facilities, activities and events libraries offer. We are gradually making them available and there are so many reasons to visit your library since they re-opened.

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Browsing through the shelves in search of a new book to read

“I love browsing actual books.” You can choose by the cover, the weight, the author or the blurb. Bring in the kids so they can pick a silly story for themselves. Borrow a favourite or something completely new, a novel to escape in or a book of facts and learning how to do. Better bring a big bag because you can borrow 24. “There are so many to choose from and it doesn’t cost you a penny!”

But if you can’t find what you are looking for then you can ask…

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The friendly and helpful staff

“I talk to staff when I’m feeling down or lonely, they make me laugh and smile” When you’ve read all of your favourite author and want someone who writes just like them, or a new genre, maybe a random mystery read, the staff can help you. If you’re not a member already you can join at the desk and discover all that libraries can offer now and later in the year.  “Seeing the staff at my local library is like meeting old friends”

If you haven’t got the time to come in and browse or chat, then the staff at the library can also do…

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Click and Collect, when you have less time or want someone to choose for you!

” I’m so busy at work now I’m still using Click and Collect.” We’ve all made changes and had to alter our lives over the last year, launching Click & Collect was just one of many ways Nottingham City Libraries have adapted to help. It’s really easy, tell us what you like to read and our staff will select up to 24 books for you, just call tyour library or fill in an online form. You can choose any mixture of types of book, including children’s books, novels, large print, non-fiction and spoken word from any of the re-opened libraries. Find out more about Click & Collect here.

When you come to collect your books you will find the library is …

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A safe and welcoming place

” I’m feeling so much better, getting back into my routines, which include visits to the library” we’ve always made the library a welcoming place and with our careful cleaning, social distancing measures and other ways to make it safe, it’s a good place to start going out to. We may not be able to offer all of our services yet, like sitting and studying, our social groups and activities but they will return. There are so many reasons to join the library (it’s free!) and you can use lots of our online resources and events then too.

If you don’t have the internet at home the library is a place to get online for free by using our… 

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Free computers & scanning with affordable printing

“I needed to look up something for my family tree, so I booked on at the library and used Find My Past for free.”  Whatever you need it for; to watch an online event, to type up and print a CV, to fill in a benefits form, to scan your ID, make a Zoom video call, it’s free for library members. “When I needed more help I could email the Local Studies Library staff, even though I can’t use the main library right now they helped and got back to me on my email later”

Nottingham City Libraries have Windows 10 computers with access to: Internet /Scanning / Printing in colour, black & white, A4 and A3 (small charges apply)  / Microsoft Office 2016 applications / An accessible USB drive to allow you to save your work. Find out more and how to book on our Computers and Wifi webpage

Pick up the book you’ve reserved

” I’m desperate to read book 6 in the Vera detective novels, they’re even better than the TV series and my local library hasn’t got it” Until 1 July 2021 Nottingham City Libraries are offering free reservations (holds) – after 1 July it’s only 30p to get that specific book you really want delivered to your local library. It may take a little time to get there and to make sure that we have more books to offer we need people to…

Return your books and other things on loan

” I’ve had the same books for over a year now I really need to take them back so someone else can read them and I can get something else, I’m sick of seeing them here!” We’ve been automatically renewing books so they didn’t go overdue and won’t be charging fines until July. Nottingham City Libraries want to help people as much as we can in the face of all these difficulties. But now we can start safely getting out an about a bit you can clear a space for new books by returning some!

You can reserve (place a hold) yourself via the online library catalogue or ask the staff at your library.

You can return your library loans to any Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire (Inspire) County Library

Don’t forget that we will be offering more and more reasons to visit the library as the year goes on, in the mean time …

…keep up to date with what to expect on your visit by regularly checking our updates web page or sign up to our Newsletter below to stay connected via your inbox…

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