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by | 6 January 2021 | Retford

Retford Library reopened its doors to the public on Monday 24th August, after undergoing extensive refurbishment.
Working with Nottinghamshire County Council and ARC Partnership, Inspire have made the library more visible and accessible to the local community, installed easier to navigate shelving (which will also be able to be moved to create larger spaces for performances and cultural activities), as well relocating the local studies collection downstairs into the main body of the library to allow easier access for all to this amazing resource.
The children’s library has also been relocated to the rear of the library creating a more bright and vibrant area for reading and activities, leading out into the rear garden with a new decked area and garden space.
Peter Gaw, Chief Executive at Inspire said: “Retford is one in a long line of library refurbishments the team at Inspire has implemented and as always each one is geared to modernise and improve the service. As Retford is one of our oldest libraries being sympathetic to the original building and where possible highlighting those historic features has been key. We have also been trying to improve access to our heritage collection for many years, and now by accommodating the majority of it on the ground floor I hope it will be more accessible.”
Late charges for outstanding loans will not be applied until 14th September, giving customers plenty of time to return their books. Full details about how Inspire have reviewed services and reorganised spaces, introduced social distancing and hygiene measures can be found at
Opening times for Retford Library will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9.30am to 1.00pm, and Tuesday, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.