Welcome back to Derby Libraries

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From 10 May - extra PC sessions will be available for job seekers to book

Libraries Update - April 2021

Derby Libraries are pleased to be able to welcome customers back into libraries from the week commencing Mon 19 Apr for browsing.  We are currently putting the final preparations in place to enable as much use of library facilities as is safe and practical at this time. 

Public PCs will be available on a self-service basis and you can enjoy sessions of up to 60 minutes per customer per day. You will no longer need to book a PC but please be aware that, to comply with Covid safety regulations, the number of PCs available will be limited and staff assistance will not be available.  We will keep this under review and extend this service when it is safe and practical to do so.

The Home Library Service will continue to deliver books to people who cannot get to the library by themselves because of illness, infirmity or disability.   

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is currently closed to members of the public but is taking enquiries by phone, text and email. We are aiming for customers to be able to visit the Local Studies Library in person after Monday 21 June. 

You can renew your books online or phone 01332 641700. The e-book service is available – look at our catalogue to make your choice. 

Thu 8 Apr 2021

Browse and Borrow returns from Monday 19 April.

All books borrowed must be returned or renewed on or before the due-back date to avoid late fees.  Pre-overdues notices will be sent to all customers for whom we have an email address, and we will continue to send overdues notices to all customers.

On arrival at the library, you will be asked for your details for NHS Test and Trace.  You will be expected to wear a face covering unless exempt, to sanitise your hands and to maintain social distancing.

Placing a hold request

The holds system will be available and you will be able to call into the library to pick your holds up. Placing holds can greatly expand the range of book titles available to you, whichever library you use. We are delighted to be able to offer this popular, easy to use service to our customers again.

  • You can place holds using the Derby Libraries catalogue by searching the catalogue, place a hold on the book you want to read and select if you want to collect your books from Alvaston, Mickleover, Normanton or Riverside Library.  
  • We will let you know when the book is ready to collect (unless you manage your own holds).
  • Please note that the holds charge will be re-instated from Monday 19 April.

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.

What is on offer

  • Computers and the internet
  • 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