Welcome back to Derby Libraries

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COVID-19 libraries update - Aug 2021

Derby Libraries are pleased to be able to welcome customers back into librariesOur staff will continue to wear face coverings and we would encourage our customers to do wear face coverings if they are able, to help protect others. Customers will be asked to check in for NHS Test and Trace purposes on arrival, and maintain social distancing. 

Library events and activities are resuming from September. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please book in the library, or phone to book your place.

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is offering pre-bookable appointments for either PC/microfilm use or to look at paper documents. 

Thu 8 Apr 2021

Library events and activities are resuming from September. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please book in the library, or phone to book your place.

Wed 26 Jul 2021

From Thu 29 Jul, library stock will no longer require quarantining. Our staff will continue to wear face coverings and we would encourage our customers to do so too if they are able, to help protect others. Customers will be asked to check-in for NHS Test and Trace purposes on arrival, and maintain social distancing. 

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library is offering pre-bookable appointments for either PC/microfilm use or to look at paper documents. 

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