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Children's library

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 to 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 haveDVDs. These can be borrowed for a small charge
  • books in large print are available
  • there are also books in giant print and braille. Just ask in your local library if you'd like to borrow any of these titles.
  • large print and clear vision books are available for children with visual impairment
  • some books are available in dual language and community languages.


  • library staff 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 collection for use in the library.

Childminders and group leaders

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

  • you can borrow up to 36 items, there are no fines or charges for damaged items
  • books can be borrowed for periods of 12 weeks.

Groups can arrange to visit the library. To organise a trip, contact your local library.


  • library PCs are free to use for homework, fun or pursuing hobbies, there's a small charge for printing. However, children can print up to 10 sheets free for homework.
  • 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
  • before using the internet children need to have a form signed by a parent or guardian.

What else is available?

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