Children and Families

We are passionate about encouraging children to read. 

Nottinghamshire Libraries will reopen from 12 April. Read our news story for details of the services permitted under government guidance, libraries resuming services, opening hours and safety measures in place. The wellbeing of staff and customers continues to be our priority. 

Our libraries have a wide range of story and information books to delight, inspire and enthuse a love of reading and learning in children.

We run activities and events throughout the year to promote the pleasure of reading.

Children are welcome at any age.  It's free to join the library and to borrow books.

What's Available?

There are no overdue charges for children and young people up to the age of 19 and books, talking books and DVDs can be reserved for children free of charge.

There is a small rental charge for DVDs. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and government guidance all Inspire events in libraries are currently cancelled.  Further updates will be issued on our Service Disruption page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events and activities as soon as we can.  In the meantime explore our online resources available at Inspire Online

Activities for Under Fives

Activities for Primary Aged Children

  • Summer Reading Challenge  - challenge to keep children reading over the summer.
  • Family Theatre - imaginative theatre for children and families in libraries.
  • Family Concerts -  fun-filled opportunities for families to share the excitement of live music. 
  • Code Club -  to inspire children to get excited about computer science and digital making.

Search for other events for children and families in our What's On listings  or contact your local library.
You can also sign up to our Children and Families mailing list to recieve emails about Inspire's family events.  To sign up click here

Childminders, Nurseries and Playgroups

If you are a registered childminder or the leader of a nursery, playgroup or a parent and toddler group you can borrow up to 36 items at a time. There are no fines or charges for damaged items and books can be borrowed for periods of up to 12 weeks.

Groups can also arrange to visit the library. To organise a trip, contact your local library.

Family Arts Standards

Inspire is registered for the Family Arts Standards for family events in our four largest libraries - Beeston, West Bridgford, Worksop and Mansfield Central. This means we are working hard to make families feel welcome. Look out for events in our programme and online with the FAS badge. Find out more: