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Children's Library

Child reading

Getting Children Reading

Nottinghamshire Libraries can help get your children reading.

It's free to join the library and while there are some charges, children (0-19 years) are not subject to all of them:

  • Children don't pay fines on overdue items
  • Books can be reserved by children free of charge

What's Available?

  • Each library has a range of books and audio CDs
  • There is material for children and young people of all ages and abilities
  • Some libraries also have music CDs and DVDs. These can be borrowed for a small charge
  • Large print and clear vision books are available for children with visual impairment
  • Some books are available in dual language and community languages.


  • Children's librarians are happy to offer advice on new titles and books to stretch committed and to tempt reluctant readers
  • Homework help is available and most libraries have a homework collection for use in the library.

Childminders and Group Leaders

If you are a registered childminder or the leader of a playgroup or a parent and toddler group:

  • You can borrow up to 20 items, there are no fines or charges for damaged items
  • Books can be borrowed on long-term loan (up to 52 weeks) if required.

Groups can arrange to visit the library for a special storytime with a children's and youth librarian. To organise a trip, contact your local library.

Children's co-ordinators can visit  groups to talk about sharing books and developing early literacy.



  • Library PCs are free to use for homework, fun or pursuing hobbies, there's a small charge for printing
  • Children can use CDRoms and word processing as well as accessing the internet, the online library catalogue, and the community groups directory
  • The children's PCs are filtered
  • To make it easier for children to find interesting sites we have created the children's gateway to the internet. It also includes links to recommended parenting sites
  • Before using the internet children need to have a form signed by a parent or guardian.

What else is available?

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