Most of our Nottingham City Libraries have reopened | See below for new information on Nottingham Central Library updated 17 August 2020 and keep checking this page for more updates.


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. 

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.

Sherwood Library

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.

Nottingham Central Library and the Nottingham Local Studies Library Service

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.

Search the online catalogue   Find your local City 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.

Please go to our Computers and Wifi page to read the details

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.

Search our Frequently Asked Questions

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.

You can still contact us via our Live Chat and our email we will try to answer as soon as possible.

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!

Our Online Library offers practical help on how to apply for Universal Credit, looking for and applying for jobs as well as our very own online special events, plus lots more.

New customers may join the library online