Library Services for Adults

We provide a whole range of services and activities that may be of interest to adults- you are never to old to join a library!

Your Libraries

Nottingham City Library and Information Service provide libraries that are a welcoming, safe, neutral space for the whole community. Seating and tables are provided in all libraries and most of our buildings are on one level with wheel chair access where necessary. Lifts are also available in libraries with more than one floor. Please note that because of the age of some of our buildings public toilets are not always provided but staff facilities are available if required.

On street or nearby parking is available at many of our libraries and most are on or near bus routes. Please click here to find your nearest library.

If you belong to a local group and need somewhere to meet, rooms are available at some libraries for a small charge.  Please click here for more information.

Most library services are free or low cost, please click here for more information on library fees and charges. 

Library Activities and Events

Libraries provide a variety of interesting and informative event at different times of the day to appeal to a wide range of people.  Most events are free or low cost and usually include refreshments. Some of the events on offer include:

  • Reading groups
  • Library clubs  - join others to talk about diverse subjects like the history of photography or Japanese tea ceremonies
  • Author talks
  • Local history talks
  • Knit and Natter clubs
  • Craft events
  • Coffee mornings

Please check at your local library to find out what's on

Information Service

Library staff have access to reference books and Internet sources to help you answer a huge range of questions from family history,  hobbies and interests, travel, computing or pensions. If you have a question, you can enquire at your local library, contact 0115 915 2828 or try our online information and reference resources.

There are also special health information collections in all libraries, with books, leaflets and our recommended websites. Please click here for information about health collections in libraries.


All libraries have public computers which are free of charge for 1 hour per week (with a small charge for additional use). If you need help to get started or want to build your confidence using computers, you can book a personal One2One computer help session with a trained member of staff at any library, who can help you learn the basics. 

Look out for free group learning sessions covering subjects such as Facebook and online shopping, to help you learn or practice your computer skills.

Resources for Research in Family History

All Nottingham libraries also offer access to useful websites for internet based family history research and we also run short courses on how to get started. There is a wide range of resources on Floor 1 of Nottingham Central Library for people researching their family history. Please click here for information on how to research your family history. 

Historical Photographs

The Picture the Past website contains thousands of old photographs relating to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (and elsewhere in the East Midlands), where you can look at places you remember from the past.  Please click here to visit The Picture the Past.

Home Library Service

If you are unable to visit your local library because you have restricted mobility, the library service, in partnership with the RVS, operates the Home Library Service. Please click here for more information or please call Aspley Library on 0115 915 5700.

Resources for People with a Visual Impairment

  • Large print: fiction and non-fiction books by a wide range of authors
  • Talking books, including novels, biographies and non fiction
  • The Listening Chain - a book group for Talking Books. Contact Nicola on 0115 876 1948 to find out more
  • CLEARVIEW machine in Nottingham Central Library to help you read books and documents

Further information about our services for people with a visual impairment is available here.

Volunteering in Libraries

There a lots of opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer at their local library, for example helping children with homework to delivering books for the Home Library Service.  It's a great way to meet people and be involved in your local library. 

A Service for Residential Homes

The Library Service delivers regular collections of books and other materials to homes and sheltered accommodation. There is an annual fee for this service. Please contact your local library for more information.

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