All Inspire Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives will be closed during national lockdown.

Published 4th November 2020

Update 24 November;

We are waiting for clarification from UK Government about the services we may offer in libraries when Covid restrictions change on 2 December. This will also depend upon the Tier placement for Nottinghamshire. For updates visit our Service Disruption page.


Press Release issued 4 November

Inspire Culture and Nottinghamshire County Council are committed to the well-being of staff and customers during the current coronavirus pandemic.

All Inspire Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives will be closed during national lockdown 5 November – 2 December

This is in line with UK Government national lockdown guidance. 

During the period of closure Nottinghamshire Libraries will continue to offer a Click & Collect service online and via Ask Inspire at selected libraries, including mobiles.Customers will also be able to access PCs in selected libraries.  The government has set out that the computers can only be used to access public services i.e. to make benefit claims, job searches, access government websites.  The service will be available for pre-booked appointments only, via Ask Inspire. Nottinghamshire Archives will be closed to the public but will offer a remote research and reprographics service.

Inspire who also deliver culture, learning and services for schools will continue other provision online and within covid-secure and educational settings.

  • Inspire Learning face-to-face provision in education settings such as 16-24 Study programmes will continue. Community and Family Learning will continue with online delivery.
  • The Education Library Service and Inspire Music services will both continue to deliver services to schools.
  • Inspire provide virtual culture, learning and libraries at inspireculture.org.uk/online including activities, events, exhibitions and eResources such as eReading, eAudio and eMagazines at inspireculture.org.uk/eresources.  

During this period of closure customers will not need to renew items due back from 2 November until 14 December.

  • Overdue charges are being waived during the period of closure. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reserve items or place inter-library loans.
  • New customers may join the library online at inspireculture.org.uk/join to access our eResources and Click & Collect.
  • For general enquiries please contact Ask Inspire preferably by email at ask@inspireculture.org.uk or to speak to someone call 01623 677 200 (9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm Saturday)
  • For Archive enquires email archives@inspireculture.org.uk

We know how much people value our library services which will continue
to support customers in a virtual way, providing lots to read, learn, research
and enjoy. There are lots of activities and services people can access which
may help to occupy them during the lockdown. As soon as we’re in a position to
reopen our buildings safely we will do so. Until then, please use the
opportunity to access our wonderful cultural services from the comfort of your
home.

Cllr Kay Cutts, MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council 

We are pleased we are able to still provide our Click
& Collect service as we know reading during lockdown is one of those things
people want to do, and we know it helps many of us get through the challenges
we are all facing. Our online library, cultural, heritage and
learning offer has something for everyone and a great place to be inspired
whilst our buildings are closed.

Peter Gaw, Inspire Chief Executive

Visit inspireculture.org.uk for regular updates, access to resources and for information about remote access to some of our other services.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NottsLibraries to keep up to date. 

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