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.

This will provide sustainable support for the future of this valuable service.

In order to give both authorities more freedom within the new Data Protection Act requirements in the way they deliver their library services, from Monday 10 June 2019, Derby Libraries and Derbyshire Libraries are to have their own databases, rather than shared ones. 

As before, customers will be able to use all facilities offered at the libraries such as borrowing books and eBooks and using public computers, however, they will need authority-specific library cards.

To make the change as smooth as possible, all existing library cards will remain valid in the authority that issued them, therefore, Derby City Library card holders can continue using Derby City Libraries as before, likewise Derbyshire card holders can continue using Derbyshire Libraries.

However, customers wishing to use libraries in both Derby and Derbyshire will need to obtain separate library cards for each authority to continue to use the services of that authority.

All customers will only be able to return and renew their items at the same authority they borrowed them from. However, as almost all books are returned to the library they were borrowed from, the majority of customers will experience no, or very few, changes to how they currently use libraries. 

Peter Ireson, Head of Culture, Events and Tourism for Derby City Council:

“Both authorities have to deliver a number of objectives to create a sustainable library service and this is another big step towards achieving that so the residents of Derby can continue to enjoy all the great facilities Derby’s libraries have to offer.

After Monday 10 June, Derby will have its own book stock catalogue database and Derby library ticket customers will therefore be able to hold, renew and return books within Derby only.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“We know how important libraries are to our communities and we are working hard to ensure that any changes needed to ensure community libraries can thrive have minimal impact on people using the service.

“We’ve been working closely with Derby City to ensure a smooth transition for all customers as the two authorities take control of their area databases, and in most cases people shouldn’t notice any change.”

These changes will begin to take effect from Monday 10 June 2019. For more information on the transition and how it might affect you, we recommend you speak to library staff.