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Library updates

In line with current government guidance our libraries are only open for our book and borrow service.

All library items will be automatically renewed until 1 March 2021.


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Book and borrow

In line with current government guidance our libraries are open for our book and borrow service. Digital and Home Library services are still available.

How Book and Borrow works

You will be asked to:

  • ring or email the library you want to collect books from to make an appointment. You'll be given a date and time for a collection slot. If you email please include a phone number so you can be called back to arrange a time
  • provide the name and library card number for each person who wants to borrow books, plus a contact phone number.
  • give information on the type of books you would like – like genre, examples of authors, format, or you can opt for a ‘lucky dip’. There's a maximum of 10 items per person for each collection slot
  • bring your library cards or card numbers for all the people you are collecting for, when visiting for your pre-booked slot
  • bring your own bags

Our request service is also available for customers who wish to reserve books from other libraries. 

Our digital service

Our free e-lending and online service is continuing:

  • We're providing digital resources for adults and children (ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and e-newspapers)
  • Library Information Service (email and callback service to answer general enquiries, assistance with digital queries)
  • Derbyshire Parish registers can be accessed from home
  • Derbyshire Libraries Facebook and Derbyshire Libraries Twitter events and activities:
    • current children's activities include: weekly storytimes, rhyme times, activity club, family bookshare, ebook reviews
    • current adult activities include: ebook and e-audio mini reviews, wellbeing activities (cookery, craft, gardening videos), reading promotions (for example: the Women's Prize), local history in pictures, digital support and information weekly posts

Services that we will keep under regular review

  • mobile library service
  • photocopying
  • reader groups
  • computer one to one sessions
  • use of meeting rooms, events and activities
  • toilets and baby change
  • newspapers
  • donations including food bank drop-off points
  • study space
  • volunteering opportunities

Further information

You can contact the Library Information Service tel: 01629 533444 and leave a message to receive a call-back from a member of the library service team. You can also email us: ask.library@derbyshire.gov.uk

Examples of how the service can help include:

  • help and advice on using a computer, tablet or smart phone
  • locating contact details for organisations and support
  • homework, hobbies and research
  • support to access ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers