Welcome back to Derby Libraries

Library book shelves

Tue 4 Aug 2020

The final preparations are being made to welcome members back to Derby Libraries. A phased re-opening of our sites will take place over the next month, allowing as much use of library facilities as is safe and practical at this time.

While we are very much looking forward to seeing our members again, inevitably there will be changes to the services available, and opening hours. The safety of our customers and staff is our priority.

The Home Library Service has now resumed, and Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is taking enquiries, by phone, text and email.

Riverside Library will reopen from 10 August, and Mickleover Library from 11 August, for customers to browse and borrow books and use PC’s. Find out more about our re-opening libraries here. Both libraries will be offering a full service, although both will start out with reduced opening hours. 

These two library sites were chosen to begin the phased reopening as they are the busiest libraries in terms of how many books are issued. Riverside Library, in the centre of the city and close to the bus station, is accessible to many people, and Mickleover Library, with its own car park, is used by many people outside of its obvious catchment, and holds a good range of stock.

From 24 August, Alvaston Library and Normanton Library will operate a Click and Collect service, where customers can return books and collect reserved items. Find out more about our click and collect service here.

Reopening as Click and Collect sites has been a popular choice for many libraries across the UK as it allows customers to search the libraries catalogue and place books on hold to be collected at an agreed upon time. Search the Derby Libraries catalogue here. Alternatively, customers can email or phone the library. 

Full information about what is on offer at each library is below, but in general:

  • Any books currently on loan will be renewed until September, with no late fees for books borrowed just before lockdown. We intend to review this in September. 
  • Limited access to PC’s will be available at Riverside and Mickleover Libraries only. Members will be able to use a PC for one 30-minute session each day, and only one person will be able to use the computer. Staff assistance will be unavailable. We will keep this under review and extend this service when it is safe and practical to do so.
  • Books can only be reserved at our Click and Collect sites at Alvaston and Normanton libraries.
  • Copies of newspapers and magazines will not be available to read in the libraries.
  • Our meeting rooms will not be available, which means that events and other activities such as Reading Groups will not be going ahead for now.
  • If you’re not already a member of the library, you can join when you visit – just bring ID showing your name and address with you. You can also join the library on-line here.

Services that remain unavailable will be reviewed and resume only when it is safe and manageable to do so.

While events and activities are unable to resume in libraries, you can join in some activities digitally, which is also an option if you are feeling uncertain about returning to the library at the moment.

Becoming a member of the library also gives you full access to our eLibrary, where you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, and read electronic versions of newspapers and magazines, all for free using apps that you can download to your device. Join online here.

Derby Libraries also runs a Reading Group on Facebook, where members read and discuss a different book every three weeks. Join up through the Derby Libraries Facebook page

Children can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge online throughout the school holidays. This year’s theme is the Silly Squad. Find out how to sign up, download eBooks and watch our puppet show and storytelling videos on our Summer Reading Challenge page here.