We’re welcoming you back to libraries safely.

Nottinghamshire Libraries and Nottinghamshire Archives have reopened in line with government guidelines. 

We will be updating how we operate following government guidance from 19 July. Check back soon for further details. 

Read our news story for details of the services currently permitted under government guidance, libraries resuming services, opening hours and safety measures in place. 

We’ve worked hard to reopen our libraries with the priority of keeping customers and staff safe. We’ve reviewed our service and reorganised our spaces, introduced social distancing and hygiene measures. Click here for a full list of libraries to open. 

Ensuring your visit is safe and welcoming

We have done everything possible to make your visit safe and reduce the risk of infection for customers and colleagues alike! Our staff are working very hard to provide your library and archives service, so please be kind and patient!

We also ask you not to visit us if you have coronavirus symptoms. 

Our Privacy Policy has recently been updated, as we will ask for your contact details upon arrival. They will be shared with the NHS Test and Trace system if we receive a request from them. If you have the NHS Covid-19 app, a QR code poster is available to scan in each library.

Limited capacity

We have worked out a safe capacity for each library to ensure everyone has plenty of space. As this is much less than we’d normally like, you may need to queue to enter. Please be patient until we can welcome you into the library as quickly as it's safe to do so.

Social distancing

Whether you’re queuing, browsing or waiting for assistance, help us keep everyone safe by keeping a 2-metre distance from other customers and staff. We have re-organised our spaces and there will be plenty of signage to help guide you and tape on the floor will indicate a safe distance. Study, coffee and seating areas are closed for the time being. Our library computers, bookable in advance are organised to ensure a safe distance from other users.

Hygiene and cleaning

We have introduced additional hygiene measures – including making hand sanitiser available in our libraries for you to use. Our hygiene measures also include cleaning throughout and at the end of the day.

Protective measures

All our helpdesks are now fitted with protective screens, to protect both our customers and staff. Staff will be wearing face coverings in line with government guidance. Books can be returned contactless in our designated drop off areas. Space and weather allowing, this may be outside.

Wearing a face covering in our libraries is mandatory. Please wear one when you visit us, and throughout your visit, including if seated at a computer. We are following Government guidance on the wearing of face coverings and so visors are not acceptable (unless you are exempt from the requirements). Click here to view the Government definition of acceptable face coverings. 

Remote access

If you are not quite ready to visit us yet, try our new Click & Collect and Home Delivery services, or visit inspireculture.org.uk/online for eReading options as well as cultural and learning resources.

What services are available in libraries?

Services available

Join the library – however where possible please do this online or via Ask Inspire in advance of your visit.

You may browse and borrow books and resources as usual.

Return books contactless in the designated drop off area. 

You may also reserve items again. 

You may use library computers, however as capacity is limited please book in advance.

Use printers, scanners and photocopiers.

Bookable study space is available in selected libraries.

Try our new Click & Collect or Home Delivery services

Visit Archives by appointment only to view and photograph pre-ordered original archives. Other services such as reprographics, research, the Inspire Picture Archive and the online archive catalogue can be accessed at inspireculture.org.uk/archives.

Currently unavailable

Coffee facilities


Events and activities

See our full list of what you can and can't do in libraries. 

What services are available in archives?

Visit Archives by appointment only to view and photograph pre-ordered original archives. Other services such as reprographics, research, the Inspire Picture Archive and the online archive catalogue can be accessed at inspireculture.org.uk/archives.

Before you visit

Please check the page of the library you wish to visit in advance or contact Ask Inspire to check opening times, guidelines for visiting and for full information about service availability as this is likely to change in the coming weeks. If you are not already a library member, you may wish to do this online or via Ask Inspire in advance of your visit, as this will help us manage capacity in our libraries and leave staff free to ensure our visitors are safe.

Our new Click & Collect service must be requested in advance. If you wish to use a library computer it is also recommended that you book in advance or via Ask Inspire.  If you wish to use printers, scanners and photocopiers, please bring the correct change.

Visits to the Archives to view and photograph pre-ordered original archives are by advance appointment only. It is also advised that before booking your visit, search Nottinghamshire Archives and Discovery online catalogues to check we have what you are looking for. Contact us to book and for further advice, archives@inspireculture.org.uk or on 0115 9581634.