Mansfield Central Library


Welcome to Mansfield Central Library, situated at the heart of Mansfield town centre and home to Mrs B’s Library Café - serving 200° Coffee six days a week!

We have something for everybody here.  We offer much more than just books, although we do have a very wide collection of those, with over 54,000 books on our shelves!

Across our spacious library floor we have 20 public PCs, with printing, photocopying and scanning facilities also available. We have free WiFi for library members and plenty of study areas and spaces for you to spread out and feel at home!

For the aspiring historians we have an extensive Local History section, complete with access to old local newspapers, OS maps, and parish records. And we regularly host events based on the heritage of the local area and workshops on how to explore your family history using Ancestry, including volunteer-led family history support on a semi-regular basis. Please contact the library team for details via Ask Inspire.

Mansfield Central Library is home to one of only four BIPC local hubs in Nottinghamshire, with access to business databases, as well as the opportunity for a one-to-one chat with a BIPC advisor about starting your own business.

Are you new to the area, or maybe just looking to meet new people? We hold a weekly Places of Welcome session every Wednesday from 10:30am-12pm. Run by a volunteer, you’ll get a free cuppa and a biscuit as well as a lovely chat! We host four monthly Reading Groups, which are a great way to socialise and chat about books. And our Dementia Friendly Film Screenings are a great afternoon out. For just £1 per ticket you can join us in our relaxed auditorium space to watch a family friendly film, with a cuppa and a biscuit at the interval.

We also offer plenty of free activities to keep the little ones entertained, with three Rattle, Rhyme and Roll sessions every week: Tuesdays and Thursdays for under 5s, and Wednesdays for under 1s, those run 10am-10.30am and require no advance booking. For older children, we also run a free drop-in children’s craft event on the 2nd Saturday of the month 1pm-3pm.

There is much more that we do including family theatre performances, gallery exhibitions and a variety of courses run by Inspire Learn. To keep up-to-date with what’s happening make sure you are following us on Facebook @InspireMansfieldLibrary.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Important notices

Library Closure over Christmas Period

All Nottinghamshire libraries and archives will close for the Christmas period on Saturday 23 December 2023, and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Library books will be due back on 8 January 2024, or the first open day after that, depending on the library.

Ask Inspire will close at 4pm on Saturday 23 December and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January. Education Library Service will close at 6pm on Thursday 22 December and reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday 2 January.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the new year.