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Libraries Week Special: Three Surprising Libraries

John Baird
Fri 13 Oct, 2017

In the final installment of our celebration of local libraries, John Baird looks at some libraries you might not know exist...

The Nottingham Women’s Centre Library is the only one of its kind in the East Midlands. A feminist library, it holds contemporary works as well as a unique collection of rare books. Many of these books and magazines were donated to the library some 40 years ago when the collection was established. http://www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com/

The library is on the top floor of the Women’s Centre on Chaucer Street. It was refurbished before being relaunched in 2014 by Kat Banyard, feminist author and founder of UK Feminista, and the Sheriff of Nottingham Cllr Jackie Morris. It’s a members only library (if you join the Centre you automatically become a member) with costs currently set at £10 for the waged, £2 for the unwaged and £5 for student and OAPs. Members can search their catalogue of works online.

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On Robin Hood Chase in St Ann’s is Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive, founded in 2008, a collection of thousands of books, journals, pamphlets, zines, leaflets and posters focusing on the history of anarchist groups and individuals, social movements, protests and radicalism in Nottinghamshire. Their online catalogue can be browsed, with some digital copies available for download, or you can visit the archive on Wednesdays between 1am and 2pm, or by arrangement. http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/

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The NHS Hospital Library at the Queen’s Medical Centre provides books for staff, patients, visitors and students. The library includes many large print and audio books, and there’s a collection service for those unable to access the designated seating areas for reading or study. In addition to the QMC’s D Floor Library, a team of volunteers, under the librarian’s direction, take the trolleys of books round the wards, enabling bed-bound patients to use the service. Most wards are visited by these volunteers up to twice a week.

https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/our-ser...

This library on D Floor is open Monday to Thursday from 12.30pm to 4pm. It can be found next door to the Anticoagulant Clinic and opposite the Multi Faith Centre. For volunteering opportunities please see www.nuh.nhs.uk/volunteering 

On Tuesdays at 2pm there is a Storytime, open to patients in the Children's Hospital and their brothers and sisters.

The library welcomes donations of fiction or general interest non-fiction of good condition. 

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