Some Nottingham City Libraries have reopened | See below for more information and keep checking this page for updates.


All you need to know about changes to our Libraries service during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

We have reopened some of our Libraries

We are pleased to have welcomed you back to some of our Libraries. You may have noticed, the way you can use the library has changed as we work in line with government guidance. Libraries will have temporary new opening times and changes to how you can use our facilities and services. You will find this information in the sections below.

We will keep you updated with any further changes on this page, so please keep checking. 

Our Libraries that are open 

Please visit the page for each library to see the new arrangements every time before you visit any of them. 

Bulwell Riverside Library     Clifton Library      Dales Centre Library

Home Library Service      Hyson Green Library      The Meadows Library

Southglade Park Library      Strelley Road Library     St Ann's Valley Library      

Wollaton Library

When will other libraries open?

We plan to open Libraries a few at a time, to make sure that the right safety measures can be used.


Reopening from Monday 17 August are

Aspley Library      Basford Library      Bilborough Library

Radford Lenton Library      Sherwood Library    


Plans are in progress for the following libraries:

Nottingham Central Library      Nottingham Local Studies Library 


We will continue to update you on this page as other Libraries and services become available.

We have created new ways for you to use the library.

For the safety of staff and all customers, we have put a few measures in place to help our libraries run smoothly.




Self-service and minimal resting

Customers will be encouraged to use self-service machines and to avoid staying in the library for long periods of time.

All customers will be able to use the library to return and borrow books. To use library computers that are booked with a team member at the library or over the phone. But we cannot offer space to study with personal devices, or to sit and read.

This is to ensure we can help as many customers as possible, while our libraries are running a limited service. 

Returning your books safely?

We are offering a fines amnesty, so you can return books to our open libraries.

This helps us offer a wide range of books to you and all library visitors.

Using computers in our libraries? 

One of the biggest changes for our libraries is that staff will need to book the computer for you. From 6 July as long as a computer is available, this can be booked straight away by a member of staff at the desk or in advance over the phone before you visit. 

Please be aware that in many libraries we have to limit the time spent and the use of computers. This is to make sure as many people as possible can use the library with the social distancing measures in place based on Government guidelines.

Please go to our Computers and Wifi page to read the details

Still have questions?

With recent changes to services and facilities, we know you may have more questions. We’ve compiled FAQs that you can search to try and help with your queries.

Search our Frequently Asked Questions

We continue to pay close attention to all government recommendations being updated via the Nottingham City Council page and will keep you updated about library services via this page.

You can still contact us via our Live Chat and our email we will try to answer as soon as possible.

To make sure you enjoy our facilities safely please:

  • Wear a face covering where possible
  • Keep a safe distance apart         
  • Use hand sanitiser provided     
  • Use our self service machines
  • Pay charges online where possible

To make it safe for you our team of library staff will:

  • Clean surfaces in the library regularly
  • Book computers at the desk or by phone
  • safely store returned books for 72 hours
  • Sometimes limit customers' time in the Library

Still available online

Our new Online Library is still available for customers to access 24/7 eBooks, eAudio, eNewspapers and so much more!

Our Online Library offers practical help on how to apply for Universal Credit, looking for and applying for jobs as well as our very own online special events, plus lots more.

New customers may join the library online