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More Than a Makeover for Retford Library

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More Than a Makeover for Retford Library

Retford Library closes its doors at 4pm on Saturday 7 December until Spring 2020 for an exciting and extensive refurbishment project which will improve its facilities and layout and make the library more visible and accessible to everyone.

The refurbishment will create a high quality and sustainable library building whilst still reflecting the building’s heritage.

It will provide better access to its unique heritage collection and create larger spaces for performances and cultural activities. It will also make better use of the outside spaces with a new decked area and garden space and the children’s library will be relocated to the rear of the library creating a more bright and vibrant area for reading and activities.

The improvements are thanks to a collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council, ARC Partnership and Inspire, a Community Benefit Society which delivers a range of cultural, art, library and learning services.

As one of Nottinghamshire’s largest libraries, Retford is an amazing community and cultural hub and these key improvements will enable the library to meet the current and future needs of all its customers, old and new.


Although closed until Spring 2020, Retford library isn’t disappearing altogether because an Inspire mobile library bus will park in Retford’s New Street car park every Saturday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm, starting Saturday 14 December until Saturday 18 April (excluding 28 December).

If you’re a Library Member you will also be able to use any Inspire library across Nottinghamshire (with Worksop library being the closest).

Alternatively, why not make use of Inspire’s extensive digital collection of over 13,000 eAudio books, 150 eMagazine titles and over 10,000 eBooks which are all available to library members for FREE!  Find out how to access these at www.inspireculture.org.uk/eresources.

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