Riverside Library

Outside the Council House

Welcome back to Derby Libraries

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.

From 24 August, Alvaston Library and Normanton Library will operate a Click and Collect service, where customers can return books and collect reserved items.

We continue to urge library members to make use of our electronic services while they are unable to visit us in person. More information about the services and how to get started can be found on our eLibrary pages.

All items are being issued with a return date extended to September. Items already out on loan have already had their return date extended, although customers may not be aware of this. Members can continue to renew their loans online.

We wish all our members well and look forward to welcoming them back as soon as we can.

Mon 21 Sep 2020

You can once again place holds on the Derby Libraries catalogue. Placing holds can greatly expand the range of book titles available to you, whichever library you use. 

Riverside and Mickleover Libraries

New safety measures have been introduced at our libraries which are open for public use, at Riverside and Mickleover, to protect our staff and members as much as possible. 

Please read the signs in the libraries, follow social distancing and bear with us as we all get used to this new way of operating. In general you can expect:

  • All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are made available for other customers. This also applies to all the books returned to our Click and Collect points at Alvaston and Normanton libraries. Customers will also be asked to put any book that they handle during their visit into a drop bin so it can be quarantined.
  • Customers are asked to limit their visit to 30 minutes. There will also be a limit to the number of people allowed in the library at any one time, so there may be queues at busy times.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available to use, and in line with Government legislation which comes in on 8 August, customers will have to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Advice on wearing face coverings can be found on the Government website. Screens will be in place at service points, and staff will also have the option to wear a face covering.
  • Self-service machines will not be in operation for now.
  • We will be taking part in NHS Test and Trace, but your details will only be passed on if necessary, if it is likely that you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 during your visit.
  • Until card machines have been installed to take payments, any charges will be put onto the customer’s membership. This is to minimise cash handling.
  • Tables and chairs will be removed to increase space.
  • Customers are asked to come alone if possible. Children aged 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged from 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a responsible person who is aged 13 or over.

Riverside Library

The Council House: Reopens Monday 10 August

Available services: Returning and borrowing items, browsing, limited public PC service. In line with Government legislation, you will need to wear a face covering inside the library unless you are exempt. Your details may be used for NHS Test and Trace purposes but only if required.

You will be able to join the library when you come in. Please bring name and address ID with you.

Opening hours:

Monday 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 10am – 4pm

Thursday 10am – 4pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

Riverside Library 'getting ready' timelapse

What to do


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.

Library app for iPhone users

Go to the App Store and search for Derby City Libraries. Download the app called DerbyLibraries to:

  • Search by barcode: Use your device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book or other item and search for available copies at Derby City Libraries.
  • Search the Derby City Libraries catalogue for items by title, author, subject, or general keyword and place holds on interesting items. 
  • Manage your account 
  • Find suggested reading - see what your friends have read and recommend with reading recommendations from Goodreads or check out the latest best-selling and award-winning titles.

Get involved

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