Service Disruptions

Keep up to date on this page with service disruptions and changes across Inspire. Updates are posted here, on individual library pages and on social media @Notts Libraries (Facebook and Twitter/ X). 

You will normally be contacted direct if an event or course is cancelled. Please note we only offer ticket refunds in the event of cancellations by Inspire. 

Ask Inspire can be contacted on 01623 677 200 and

Current Service Disruptions

Important notices

Eastwood Library - No access to first floor.

For reasons of fire safety, there is currently no public access to the first floor at Eastwood Library whilst we await the replacement of a fire door.

The meeting room is still accessible for existing bookings. 

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Ladybrook Library closed on Thursday 2 May

Ladybrook Library will be closed on Thursday 2 May. This is due to the building being used as a Polling Station. The library will re-open as normal on Saturday 4 May at 9.00am

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sutton in Ashfield closure - Wednesday 24- Friday 26 April

Sutton in Ashfield Library will be closed for 3 days for essential pre-refurbishment investigative works, from Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 April 2024. The library will reopen as usual from 9am on Saturday 27 April.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Mobile Library East

Due to mechanical issues, the Mobile Library East is unavailable until further notice whilst we make repairs. Please check back for updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are changing book suppliers!

While we transition to our new supplier, there will be a short period where we will be unable to order new titles published from April onwards. We will get this back up and running as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Stapleford Library Refurbishment Works

Further refurbishments are taking place at Stapleford Library and Learning Centre from the 26th March to improve signage and outdoor space at the front of the building. Work is set to last for ten weeks. The library and learning centre will remain open throughout this time but our car park will be closed to customers to ensure health and safety around the site. Alternative car parks can be found at Cliff Hill Avenue and Eatons Road. Click here to find out more about alternative parking.

Customers will temporarily have to use the rear entrance for access to the library. Please note there may also be more noise than usual during the works.

Delays to Book Requests

We are currently experiencing some delays to the supply of book requests in libraries. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

Removal of DVDs in libraries

Due to a reduction in demand, we will be phasing out our DVD collections in libraries from Monday 1 April 2024. Reservations may still be placed until Monday 18 March, however stock levels across the county may vary and this may have an impact on availability of titles. Any DVDs held in our heritage collections will be retained and can be loaned as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Balderton Library - Extended hours

During Newark Library's planned closure, we have extended Balderton Library's opening hours until Saturday 25 May. There are also extra regular groups, including Rattle Rhyme and Roll, during this period. Please visit the Newark Library Planned Closure page for more information and details.

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 and will reopen on Monday 3rd June at 9am.

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 end at close of play on Saturday 25th May.

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

Gotham Library Closure

Gotham Library Closure  Due to a fire in Gotham Memorial Hall, Gotham Library will be closed for the foreseeable future. From 27 March 2023, Gotham will be serviced by a mobile library which will visit the Memorial Hall car park (8 Meadow End, Gotham, NG11 0HP) between 10:15am and 1:15pm on selected dates. Find out more here.

Defibrillators in our buildings

Some of our libraries have defibrillators on site that can be used by members of the public if required. Look for "defibrillator" on the right-hand facilities list of each library page, or contact Ask Inspire on 01623 677200 to check for availability at a library near you.

Any faults or access issues regarding defibrillators on Inspire premises will be listed below:

Website Issues

You may experience a web page layout error which obstructs fields from view when inputting your password details to renew your account login; if your browser displays such a layout error, please contact the Ask Inspire team on 01623 677 200 who will assist you with your password and/or book renewal.

ASK Inspire

Contact Ask Inspire if you need any more help or information about current service levels.

01623 677 200