All you need to know about changes to our Libraries service during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
We have reopened many of our Libraries
We are pleased to have welcomed you back to many of our Libraries. You may have noticed, the way you can use the library has changed as we work in line with government guidance. Libraries will have temporary new opening times and changes to how you can use our facilities and services. You will find this information in the sections below.
We will keep you updated with any further changes on this page, so please keep checking.
Our Libraries that are open
Please visit the page for each library to see the new arrangements every time before you visit any of them.
- Aspley Library
- Basford Library
- Bilborough Library
- Bulwell Riverside Library
- Clifton Library
- Dales Centre Library
- Home Library Service
- Hyson Green Library
- The Meadows Library
- Radford Lenton Library
- Southglade Park Library
- Strelley Road Library
- St Ann's Valley Library
- Wollaton Library
Update for Sherwood Library
This site has temporary closed following a review of the building’s ceiling and alcove plaster. This is a preventative measure to allow further safety checks to be carried out.
We will keep you updated with information about the library on the Sherwood Library page by clicking the link below.
Update for Nottingham Central Library
This library will not be reopening at the building on Angel Row as part of the current phased reopening. Please see the latest update about this decision and more information about progress on our New Central Library by clicking the link below.
Update on reserving books
Great News! You can now reserve items again, either in person at one of our reopened libraries or by using the online catalogue. During this period, reservations will be free for Nottingham City Library members.
Even though Central Library will not now reopen at the Angel Row site, you can currently still reserve items in stock at the library but must collect from either another City Library or at an Inspire Library.
We will continue to update you on this page as other services within our reopened libraries become available.
We have created new ways for you to use the library.
For the safety of staff and all customers, we have put a few measures in place to help our libraries run smoothly.
Self-service and minimal resting
Customers will be encouraged to use self-service machines and to avoid staying in the library for long periods of time.
All customers will be able to use the library to return and borrow books. To use library computers that are booked with a team member at the library or over the phone. But we cannot offer space to study with personal devices, or to sit and read.
This is to ensure we can help as many customers as possible, while our libraries are running a limited service.
Returning your books safely?
We are offering a fines amnesty, so you can return books to our open libraries.
This helps us offer a wide range of books to you and all library visitors.
Using computers in our libraries?
One of the biggest changes for our libraries is that staff will need to book the computer for you. From 6 July as long as a computer is available, this can be booked straight away by a member of staff at the desk or in advance over the phone before you visit.
Please be aware that in many libraries we have to limit the time spent and the use of computers. This is to make sure as many people as possible can use the library with the social distancing measures in place based on Government guidelines.
Still have questions?
With recent changes to services and facilities, we know you may have more questions. We’ve compiled FAQs that you can search to try and help with your queries.
We continue to pay close attention to all government recommendations being updated via the Nottingham City Council page and will keep you updated about library services via this page.
To make sure you enjoy our facilities safely please:
- Wear a face covering where possible
- Keep a safe distance apart
- Use hand sanitiser provided
- Use our self service machines
- Pay charges online where possible
To make it safe for you our team of library staff will:
- Clean surfaces in the library regularly
- Book computers at the desk or by phone
- safely store returned books for 72 hours
- Sometimes limit customers' time in the Library
Still available online
Our new Online Library is still available for customers to access 24/7 eBooks, eAudio, eNewspapers and so much more!
New customers may join the library online