Joining information for refugees and asylum seekers

If you are new to the United Kingdom and Nottingham, we can offer you help to settle in, join and use the library and make new friends.

Find your local library

There are libraries in every area of the city, welcoming places with lots of facilities and friendly staff to help you. Most library services are free of charge or low cost.

Become a library member

Joining the library is free, quick and easy, join online here. Once you are a member, you can borrow all kinds of things either free or for a small charge. These include books, CDs and DVDs, including films from all over the world. Improve your English with our free language courses on CD, which include IELTS course materials.

For many languages, including Farsi, French, Polish, Chinese and Hindi, you can borrow novels in your own language. Ask the library staff if we have books in your language or search the library catalogue by author or title.


You can also use computers to keep in touch with family and friends, for information and for leisure, please click here for more information.

We have lots of electronic reference books that you can use, including the Life in Great Britain software, to help you to prepare for the British Citizenship Test. Infotrac newspapers gives access to many magazines and newspapers, and you may be able to translate them into your language and also have them read to you. Please click here for more information.

Practise your English

Several of our libraries run free conversation classes, so you can enjoy practicing your English language skills while you meet new people and share your ideas on lots of interesting topics. These take place weekly on:

The Language Cafe - Teach or learn another language (including English)

A fun and informal way to learn new languages, practice your teaching skills and meet people from all over the world. No formal qualifications are needed to teach, just a knowledge of another language and a desire to help others learn. Anyone with an enthusiasm for language is welcome, whether you want to surprise your neighbours by greeting them in their mother tongue, or improve your conversation skills.

PLEASE NOTE: meeting times may vary during holiday periods.

You and your families will also be welcome at the any events which take place in our libraries, from author visits to craft sessions for adults and children; from the opportunity to see birds of prey to enjoying a concert or visiting a health fair.  Look out for information in your local library or please click here for details on regular activities.

Contact Information

Please speak to library staff if you need more information about the Nottingham area and where to go for help. 

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