Newark Library

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Important notices

Newark Library Planned Closure from Wednesday 17 January

Newark Library is now closed for essential planned building maintenance work to its heating and cooling systems from Wednesday 17 January 2024 at 6.30pm. The reopening of Newark Library has been delayed. Find out more by reading our news article. 

During the closure you can use your library card at any library throughout Nottinghamshire. Your nearest library is also in Newark – Balderton Library on Main Street, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3NP. 

Balderton Library provides access to public computers, stocks a full range of books, and from Thursday 18 January, will have extended opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. As well as Balderton’s regular Thursday 2.30pm Rattle, Rhyme and Roll for babies and toddlers, you will also be able to enjoy an extra session every Tuesday at 2.30pm. Furthermore, Newark Library’s popular Crime Reading Group and its Heritage Café will also move to Balderton Library during the closure period.

On Saturdays, 10am-3pm starting Saturday 20 January 2024, the Inspire Centre at Newark’s Buttermarket will host regular library activities including Rattle, Rhyme and Roll sessions, children’s story times, Lego and Games clubs for families, as well as Scrabble sessions, Crafty Natters and Places of Welcome for adults. 

Extended hours and extra regular events at Balderton Library and the Buttermarket will continue during the delay to reopening Newark Library. 

You can find information about regular groups and activities on our Newark Library Planned Closure page, or by clicking here.

Newark library is centred in Newark town close to the Market Place. Our lovely, bright library enjoys green views of the surrounding park. It’s a great place to read, learn and take part in a host of activities.

The library is well stocked with a wide range of books and there are lots of displays and quick picks stands to inspire your selection. Staff are always on hand for recommendations and suggestions too.  Our Café area has a coffee machine and comfy seats with lovely views, so why not sit and relax with a book?

Join in our events and activities: there’s something for everyone! Rattle, Rhyme and Roll runs twice a week for under 5’s. It’s a very popular session and a great way to meet new friends. If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday mornings, why not drop into our children’s Lego Club and Games Club? We always have lots of extra activities running through the school holidays, plus various family theatre shows throughout the year.

If you’re looking to meet new people and socialise in a friendly environment, try our Places of Welcome coffee mornings, Heritage Café, Scrabble Club or Crafty Natter group. Our monthly Reading Groups are also popular and a great opportunity to try new books.

Or, if you're into learning more about heritage and the local area, you can access our local studies collection in the library. 

We have 11 computers for public use and free WI-FI for our customers. Help is at hand for anyone wanting to know more about their laptop, tablet, or phone - our volunteer is available during our bookable ‘Let’s Talk Tech’ sessions.

Keep up to date with all our events and news by checking out our Inspire Newark Facebook page. 

We look forward to welcoming you soon.