Normanton Library

What to do in the library

The Library is a vibrant and happening place, right in the heart of the community on Almond Street, and has something for everyone - hundreds of books on offer in multiple languages, a fantastic refurbished stage and theatre space, and lots of brilliant activities.

The Library aims to offer you more than just a great range of books. We’re also home to a number of computers you can book on to use free of charge. We’ve got space for those all-important activities we have on offer too.

Avoid queues and use the self-service desks available for borrowing or returning your books. You can also use them to manage your account in other ways, keeping up with any fees you might owe.

Street Detectives

Normanton Library building illustration by Local Studies team

Looking to get the family out and about over the holiday period? 

Follow the Normanton History Detectives trail and uncover the hidden historical secrets of Normanton!

The trail takes around 1hr, starting and finishing at Normanton Library – children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Pick up a trail leaflet at Normanton Library to take part, become a History Detective and claim your prize!

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Normanton Library opening - Nov 2019

Blood pressure monitor kits available for loan

They have been provided in partnership with Livewell, Derby City Councils Wellbeing Service.

Monitoring your blood pressure regularly can help you find the positive changes in your day-to-day life to keep your heart healthier for the future.

  • The kits are free to borrow with your library card.
  • They are available to borrow for 1 week.
  • You can renew once.
  • The kit must be returned to Normanton Library.
  • Fines and charges will apply if it is returned late or lost / damaged.

The blood pressure monitor kits

The blood pressure monitor kits include an information leaflet that explains how to check your blood pressure at home and what to do with the results – measuring blood pressure at home can be very useful to give a more accurate picture of what a person’s blood pressure is like. The monitors can also detect an irregular heartbeat.

Please note that staff in libraries do not have medical training and can’t show you how to use the kits – please use the information provided and if you are concerned consult your doctor.

Theatre, performance space and meeting rooms available to hire at Normanton Library

Derby Libraries are delighted to announce they have an exciting theatre and performance space available to hire at Normanton Library. A programme of work has now been completed to bring the facilities in the original building back to life including restoring the stage, replacing the curtains, stripping and polishing the original wooden floor, and upgrading lighting and sound facilities. The theatre and stage with meeting room is now a multi-functional space ideal for learning and reading events, training and away days, and school plays, as well as an inspiring rehearsal space in the heart of the Normanton community.

Derby Libraries have already welcomed Spark Arts who brought live family theatre to the stage with the beautiful Roti Moon show and have opened their doors to Derby Theatre who hired the space for rehearsals.

In addition to the performance space, there are also rooms to hire for meetings. If you would like to find out more about booking the space at Normanton Library, or booking rooms and facilities at other Derby Libraries, please email Derby Libraries.

long view of stage with blue curtains and wooden floor in large hall
meeting room with tables

What to do in our libraries


The library has these accessibility aids:

  • Level access
  • Automatic doors
  • Accessible counters
  • Large print books and audio books
  • Induction loop
  • Computers with Zoomtext and high visibility keyboards.

Get involved

Why not volunteer at your local library? We have a range of opportunities available, find out more on our Volunteering page.