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Public Libraries in the East Midlands

Young adult space at West Bridgford library, Notts County Council

Public library services in the East Midlands are delivered by the nine local authorities of Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
 
All public library services offer a wide range of books for adults and children, have reference collections and information services that deal with enquiries from the straightforward to the highly complex, and enable access to a range of digital resources including e-books and e-magazines. Some offer CDs, talking books and DVDs for loan at a small charge

There are 308 public libraries in the East Midlands which are open for more than 10 hours each week, including 31 mobile libraries serving a regional resident population of 4.59 million. 
 
Public libraries are open for around 10,000 hours every week across the region and the East Midlands has some of the busiest libraries in the UK including Chesterfield Library in Derbyshire which recorded 688,326 visits in 2013/14.  West Bridgford Library issued over 457,675 items in 2013/14 and Nottingham Central Library recorded 468,422 visitors in the year. 
 
The region's public libraries stock over 5.9 million books, 44,375 e-books and e-audio titles and more than 433,000 music sound recordings, talking books, videos and DVDs.
 
Almost 725,000 new books and over 70,000 audio visual and electronic items were added to library stocks in 2013/14.  East Midlands' public libraries lend around 17.5 million books and 1.15 million audio visual items every year. Almost 790,000 requests for specific items were made; over 3,000 items were supplied to other library services from the region's libraries and over 5,500 items were received on inter-library loan.
 
There are over 17.5 million visits to public libraries in the East Midlands every year and there were an estimated 4.2 million visits to the regionís library websites.
 
Library staff answers over 2.7 million enquiries every year and every library service offers access to the Internet - the majority free of charge. There are more than 2,600 computers for public use, offering access to the library catalogue and internet.  Over 1.5 million hours of Peopleís Network use was recorded during the year.
 
A wide range of on-line resources are available for reference, information and study purposes, many of them are accessible 24 hours a day through library service websites.  More than 170 libraries across the region offer wi-fi access.
 
Around 1,100 FTE staff work in public libraries in the East Midlands and more than 2,130 volunteers help libraries engage with their local communities.

For more information:
Please see the reports below; the figures are for the year 2013/14 and they are taken from the CIPFA statistical returns completed by each local authority.

The region's busiest libraries 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Staff and volunteers 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Population, borrowers, visits and enquiries 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Bookstock and audio-visual stock 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Book and audio-visual issues and interlibrary loans 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Service points, mobiles, electronic workstations, use of Peoples Network, wi-fi access 2013-14 Acrobat document  

Meeting rooms for hire in East Midlands public libraries

A number of libraries across the region have meeting rooms or learning and training centres which are available to hire.  The best way to find out what authorities can offer is to email them using links on the LIEM website
Some East Midlands libraries have pages on their websites providing information about the services they can offer. The links below may be of assistance. 

Derby

Derbyshire also see the list of Derbyshire libraries

Leicester

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire - Lincoln Central Library; also see list of Lincs libraries

Northamptonshire - see list of Northants libraries and Meeting room charges (in pdf document)

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

Rutland - see list of libraries and charges