Joining and Using Libraries

If you’re a member of Nottinghamshire Libraries, you are able to use any library in Nottinghamshire or Nottingham City.

Whilst our Inspire Libraries are closed you can still sign up for library membership online by following the steps below;

  • fill in the application form online here where you will be able to set your PIN. Make a note of your PIN
  • once you have completed the form the next screen will give you your temporary membership number 
  • email your name and temporary number to
  • the ASK Inspire team will send your membership number 
  • you will then be able to access our fantastic range of online resources - check out

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Joining a library

Membership is free to everyone. People who live in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding authorities including Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire are all able to become members.

You can join:

To join, you will need to bring proof of identity which includes your name and address. This can be in the form of a driving licence, bill or rental agreement. You'll then be given your library card, which you will be able to use right away. If you don’t have any proof of identity, you will be able to borrow up to four items on that visit.

Children and young people under 15 can join online or in a library, but will need to have parental consent.

People visiting Nottinghamshire can also join in person, with a temporary membership.

Using our libraries


  • You can have up to 24 items on loan at any one time.
  • Most items can be kept for up to three weeks.
  • All DVDs are one week loan only.

Renewing Items

If you need to keep an item a little longer, it’s usually possible to renew it. You can renew items up to four times.

To renew items, log in to your online account with your card number and PIN.

If you need any help with renewal, contact Ask Inspire - 01623 677 200 - or your local library. 

Unavailable Items

If an item isn't in your local library you can ask to place a hold by completing a card in the library or place a hold for an item online. A charge will be made for this service.

If items are unavailable within the county we can often get them from elsewhere in the UK. Please ask at your local library.


Most of our services are free of charge. However, there are small charges and fees for some of our services.

List of charges and fees

Disabled Access

Nottinghamshire libraries have been assessed for disabled access. Everyone can use the libraries at ground level, however some libraries are awaiting ramps or other modifications to reach the upper floors. Please ask a member of staff for help if you have difficulty accessing any of the services because of the library layout.

Information on the accessibility of specific libraries can be found in the list of libraries.

Your Home Library

In line with government advice this service is currently not available.

If you are unable to visit your local library we can arrange for books to be brought to you. A friendly RVS volunteer can bring a selection of books and talking books to you, in your own home.

For your peace of mind, all of our volunteers have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For more information on this service:

Acceptable Use Policy