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Derby Libraries Christmas Opening times
Thu 19 Dec 2019
2019 Christmas opening times
Tenth library to be community managed
Tue 17 Dec 2019
Derby City Council will hand over the running of Derwent Library to community management early next year.
Four days of events to celebrate as the new Normanton Library opens
Wed 27 Nov 2019
The new Normanton Library was officially opened to the public today, marking the start of four days of events to celebrate and showcase the new community facilities.
Bestselling author to visit the city to mark the opening of Normanton Library
Thu 21 Nov 2019
Normanton Library which is to be based at St Augustine’s Community Centre opens on 27 November 2019. There will be a series of opening events spread over four days to showcase what the new library can offer.
Normanton Library opening date announced
Fri 1 Nov 2019
Work at St Augustine’s Community Centre has progressed well and Derby City Council is now in a position to confirm an opening date of 27 November 2019.
To mark the occasion, there will be a series of events which will include poets, authors and storytellers, as well as ‘rhyme time’ and internet se...
Springwood library to be managed by community
Thu 31 Oct 2019
Derby City Council will hand over operation of Springwood Library to community in the New Year.
The Library will be operated by Derby charity Direct Help and Advice from the week commencing 3rd February. Springwood Library’s last day under Council management will be Saturday 18th January.
Community set to takeover Allenton Library
Wed 18 Sep 2019
Community set to takeover Allenton Library
Data Protection Act solution goes live in Derby Community Managed Library
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Derby City Council has successfully put in place a new technology solution for volunteers at Allestree Community Managed Library (CML). It will allow DHA volunteers to carry out library tasks without needing to access customer data, ensuring the council stays compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018.
What's new and what's on at Mickleover Library?
Fri 13 Sep 2019
Over the past couple of months we have been improving the look and feel of Mickleover library by removing old fixed shelving and replacing it with modern movable units in order to create more space for events and activities.
As part of the improvements we have added a selection of new titles for ad...
Chellaston library to be managed by community
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Derby City Council will hand over operation of Chellaston Library to community management this October.
The Library will be operated by Derby charity Direct Help and Advice from the week commencing 28 October. Chellaston Library’s last day under Council management will be Saturday 12 October.
How to keep the kids entertained this summer
Mon 29 Jul 2019
No kids will go bored this summer with a host of fun indoor and outdoor activities across Derby’s leisure centres, parks, and libraries.
Family Fun in Derby Summer/Autumn 2019
Tue 16 Jul 2019
There's loads of great children's activities happening this Summer and Autumn across Derby. View the Holiday programme here or find out more about the Derby Six. Find out more in our Family Fun in Derby guide!
Celebrate outer space with us this summer!
Tue 9 Jul 2019
This summer we are launching in to outer space with plenty of space fun for the whole family. Kids will be taken into an out of this world adventure with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, the whole family can celebrate 50 years since the moon landing at The Hannells Darley Park Concert and everyone can be taken on a journey through the universe with Professor Brian Cox.
Chaddesden & Blagreaves Libraries to Become the Next Community Managed Libraries
Thu 27 Jun 2019
The Phillip Whitehead Memorial Library at Chaddesden Park and Blagreaves Library are set to follow in the footsteps of Sinfin, Spondon, Allestree and Mackworth libraries in becoming Community Managed Libraries.
This week, Mackworth Library reopened as a Community Managed Library and is now run by l...
Work to begin on Normanton’s New Library
Fri 21 Jun 2019
Derby City Council is set to commence building work on St Augustine’s Community Centre to create Normanton Library.
In addition to the library, the community centre will be refurbished and facilities upgraded, with all services brought together to create a multi-use community hub. The first floor ...
Making the most of a staycation in Derby
Tue 18 Jun 2019
There’s no need for expensive overseas holidays this summer, when the perfect staycation awaits right here in Derby. We have plenty of fun for the whole family this summer, from Markeaton Park to Derby Arena, the perfect holiday is at home.
Changes are afoot for customers of Derby City and Derbyshire County Libraries
Tue 28 May 2019
After public consultation, both Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council are transforming the way their libraries are operated by transferring some of their libraries to become Community Managed Libraries (CMLs), run by volunteers.
An out of this world adventure comes to Derby with Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019
Fri 24 May 2019
The Summer Reading Challenge returns!
Mackworth Library to Become the Next Community Managed Library
Fri 17 May 2019
Mackworth Library is to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand over the management to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
The library’s last day operating as a council-run library will be Saturday 8 June. It will then close temporarily for work to take place ahead of ...
Top Family activities to do during May Half-Term
Wed 8 May 2019
All the fun to be had this May Half Term, for the whole family.
What’s planned for St Augustine’s Community Centre and Library?
Thu 21 Mar 2019
In November last year Derby City Council announced it was to relocate Pear Tree Library to St Augustine’s Community Centre to create a community hub.
Since then, a great deal of work has taken place to ensure the people of Pear Tree and Normanton have a vibrant hub for learning, socialising and muc...
Riverside Library Performs Well Since Opening
Wed 19 Dec 2018
The new Riverside Library opened its doors to its first readers in July this year and hasn’t looked back since.
Revised Plans for Delivering Community Managed Libraries
Tue 4 Dec 2018
Councillors are set to consider the recommendation for a revised timetable and greater investment into the Community Managed Library (CML) project to support the delivery of libraries so that they can continue to provide valuable services to the communities they serve.
Pear Tree Library proposed to relocate to create a Community Hub
Tue 6 Nov 2018
Following the forced closure of Pear Tree Library earlier this year it’s proposed to relocate to St Augustine’s Community Centre to create a new community hub.
Join the festivities in Derby this Christmas
Thu 25 Oct 2018
Derby is set for another Christmas festive spectacular this year, with seasonal fun for everyone over the festive season.
10 ways to find Time For You this September
Mon 10 Sep 2018
As the weather cools, the nights draw in and we get back into the routine of work and the school run, why not take time out for you? Here are 10 ways to find time for you in Derby this September.
Can you grow the tallest beanstalk?
Fri 10 Aug 2018
Win a family ticket to see Jack and the Beanstalk by growing a GIANT beanstalk!
Grab a racket for Summer!
Thu 12 Jul 2018
Derby Active and Derby Parks have got great offers for racket sports this summer.
Family Fun in Derby Summer/Autumn 2018
Mon 9 Jul 2018
There's loads of great children's activities happening this Summer and Autumn across Derby. View the Holiday programme here or find out more about the Derby Six.
Find out more in our Family Fun in Derby guide!
Riverside Library opens its doors
Wed 4 Jul 2018
The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr, officially opened Riverside Library this Monday at the Council House as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
To mark the opening we’re giving visitors the chance to explore its services with ...
Derby Arena's Charlie Tanfield joins British Cycling's elite team
Following a hugely successful track season winning a haul of international medals team Derby Arena based KGF rider Charlie Tanfield has been selected to join British Cycling’s most elite team.
Preparations underway for Allestree Library to become Derby’s next Community Managed Library
Fri 29 Jun 2018
Allestree Library is set to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand the keys over to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
Riverside Library is 'getting ready'
Wed 27 Jun 2018
View a timelapse video of preparations for the opening of Riverside Library on Mon 2 Jul
More work needed at Pear Tree Library
Fri 15 Jun 2018
More work is needed before Pear Tree Library can re-open.
Free sessions at the new Riverside Library
Thu 14 Jun 2018
The new Riverside Library opens in the Council House this July and Derby City Council are giving visitors the chance to explore its services with a host of free taster sessions and author talks.
Great activities in Derby over the Summer Holidays
Tue 12 Jun 2018
There’s plenty to do in Derby this summer holidays, from Markeaton Park to the Guildhall Theatre, from Derby Arena to Derby Libraries, there’s something for everyone.
Library service set to move as Central Library closes
Fri 8 Jun 2018
The relocation of services at Central Library is due to start this week as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
Pranks are on the cards with Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018
Tue 5 Jun 2018
Derby Libraries are getting mischievous for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, with The Reading Agency. This year’s theme is Mischief Makers, focusing on the mischief and pranks inspired by and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved iconic children’s comic title Beano.
Preparations underway for Spondon Library to become Derby’s next Community Managed Library
Tue 29 May 2018
Spondon Library is set to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand the keys over to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
Keys handed over to Derby's first Community Managed Library
Fri 4 May 2018
Plans for Sinfin Library to become the city’s first Community Managed Library are moving forward as Derby City Council hand the keys over to Direct Help and Advice (DHA).
Wed 25 Apr 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this May half term at our leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
Thrilling talks in Derby this summer as part of Derby Book Festival
Wed 11 Apr 2018
We have plenty of thrilling talks in Derby this summer at the Guildhall Theatre, as part of Derby Book Festival. From broadcasters, to cyclists, to Harry Potter fans, we have talks for every interest this summer.
Further improvement work to take place at Pear Tree Library
Derby City Council is taking the opportunity to undertake additional improvement works at Pear Tree Library during its scheduled temporary closure in April, as it prepares to make room for additional books arriving from Central Library.
Community Managed Libraries handover complete
Fri 23 Mar 2018
The Labour-led administration of Derby City Council and Direct Help and Advice (DHA) have signed agreements confirming the local charity’s plans to run all ten proposed Community Managed Libraries.
There's so much to do in Derby this Easter!
Wed 21 Mar 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this Easter holidays at leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
Central Library closing date announced
Fri 16 Mar 2018
Central Library services are due to relocate at the beginning of June as Derby City Council continues to develop a successful modern and sustainable service for library users.
Direct Help and Advice can deliver successful and sustainable library service
Wed 28 Feb 2018
The Labour-led administration of Derby City Council is taking a significant step forward in delivering our pledge that no library in the city will close, by reaching an in-principle agreement with a local charity to run all ten proposed Community Managed Libraries across Derby.
Derby Libraries expansion plans
Wed 7 Feb 2018
Specialist hubs are to be created, as part of expansion plans at three Council-run libraries in the city. Libraries in Alvaston, Mickleover and Pear Tree will be undertaking improvement projects during the spring to increase their stock holding capacity and offer enhanced facilities to the local community.
Top things to do in Derby this Half Term
Fri 2 Feb 2018
Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this February half term at Derby City Council’s leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.
National Storytelling Week
Mon 29 Jan 2018
Let's celebrate National Storytelling Week at Derby Libraries!
New Year events at Markeaton Park
Thu 11 Jan 2018
A quick round up of some of the fun events happening at Markeaton Park this January and February.
Change in standard loan period
Wed 20 Dec 2017
From 1st January 2018 we are changing the standard loan period for books and audiobooks from four weeks to three weeks.
Applications received for all Community Managed Libraries
Wed 6 Dec 2017
Following the Community Managed Library (CML) expression of interest process which concluded at midday on Monday 4 December, applications have been received to run each of the ten libraries that have been identified by the Council as potential CMLs.
Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials research project
Fri 10 Nov 2017
Research project sharing war memorial records with local history library in Derby.
Pledge to Protect Derby Libraries from closure
Fri 20 Oct 2017
Derby City Council is committed to ensuring a sustainable service is delivered in all ten of the proposed Community Managed Libraries (CMLs). One of the key 50 Council pledges is to protect Derby’s libraries from closure. This is an important part of the Council’s ambition to achieve a strong and resilient city and contributes towards its targets for raising the achievement and skills of local people in the future.
Strong interest received for Community Managed Libraries
Fri 13 Oct 2017
Following the Community Managed Library (CML) briefings in September and the registration of interest deadline on Monday 9 October, Derby City Council has received twelve registrations of interest covering all ten of the proposed Community Managed Libraries.
Metro Strategy Joint Library Offer
Mon 2 Oct 2017
A new initiative is being launched to enable Nottingham and Derby residents to access library services in both cities. From Monday 2 October 2017, Nottingham library users will be able to borrow stock from Derby libraries and vice versa.
Public engagement in the Community-Managed Libraries process
Mon 25 Sep 2017
Following the six open meetings which were held last week, Derby City Council are encouraged by the level of engagement and commitment shown by the community and their support for local libraries.
A new opportunity for you and your library
Mon 4 Sep 2017
The process has begun to create Community-Managed Libraries in Derby. Find out more.
Key dates for Community Managed Libraries
Fri 25 Aug 2017
Find out more about the key dates around applying to run a community managed library.
UPDATE: Libraries Strategic Review Needs Assessment
Tue 25 Jul 2017
Detailed information was due to be made available to those interested in putting forward proposals for, or volunteering to support, a Community Managed Library (CML) this week.
Due to the decision being called-in the Council’s constitution states that implementation must halt and the information ca...
Libraries Strategic Review Needs Assessment approved by Council Cabinet
Thu 13 Jul 2017
Yesterday (Wednesday 12 July) Council Cabinet approved the Libraries Strategic Review needs assessment recommendations.
The report considered by Cabinet Members at this evening’s meeting included proposals for the future of the Central Library building, practical arrangements for Community Managed ...
Top Picks for August - Summer Holiday Round Up
Wed 12 Jul 2017
Summer is here and we've got some brilliant ideas to keep everyone entertained around Derby this August. From local parks events to the best things to watch, the city is buzzing with activity! This summer is one not to miss.
Families can enjoy a packed schedule of summer holiday activities, running...
Creating a modern library service
Tue 4 Jul 2017
Councillor Raju, Derby City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture & Tourism, tells us about the latest proposals for the Council's libraries service.
Next Wednesday, Council Cabinet will consider a report which proposes a range of changes to the way Derby City Council’s library servic...
The Quantum Poet-Dean Fraser
Thu 22 Jun 2017
Come on an adventure. Here be tales of ancient stone circles exploring the past and unravelling life in the 21st Century. In the spirit of all great explorers, The Quantum Poet, Dean Fraser, takes in places as diverse as The Channel Island of Sark all the way to Manhattan. Click here to get your tic...
Summer reading challenge for children
Tue 18 Apr 2017
The Summer Reading Challenge will be back this summer with a new theme called Animal Agents, illustrated by Tony Ross!
3,909 children took part in last year's challenge, called Big Friendly Read.
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the scho...
Let the local studies collection bring your classroom alive
Sun 16 Apr 2017
Find out how schools can use material from the Derby Family History and Local Studies Library to bring local relevance to many topics of study in the classroom.
Perhaps the most obvious use is for the history curriculum, but with such a varied collection of written documents, maps, statistical info...
Explore the history of Derby with Derby Libraries
Wed 12 Apr 2017
A new digitised collection known as Derby’s History is now available online.This digitisation of a curated selection of materials from the Local Studies and Family History Library means you can discover the history of Derby online simply by logging in to your library account!
The digitisation of th...
Bookstart packs available for children
Mon 3 Apr 2017
Bookstart is a national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from as early an age as possible. It aims to provide free book packs to every child in the UK.
Children aged 6-8 weeks or 3 years old are eligible to receive a free book pack through Health...
Sun 19 Mar 2017
If you are an iPhone user you can now access your library account any time, any place.
Just download the app called DerbyLibraries to manage your account, search the library catalogue and find recommended reads!
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