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Libraries and Reading in Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council runs the library service for the county.  Anyone who lives, works or studies in Derbyshire, or is visiting the county, is welcome to use our 45 branch libraries, 10 mobile libraries or our 24-hour online service.

We have more than a million books, DVDs and CDs in stock; a free information service hotline, including help for creative businesses; local and family history resources; and events for all ages. 

Here are just a few of the services you might find useful:

24 hour library Download the leaflet 'Click ... for your 24 hour library' (at the bottom of this page) to see the library services available to you around the clock.

Bag Books. Interactive, tactile stories, told through words and objects. Suitable for adults and children with disabilities or learning needs.

Between the Covers talks are delivered by enthusiastic library staff that have a love of books and reading and who enjoy talking about, and recommending, good reads for all ages and tastes.

Bookpusher Between the Covers
. Can be combined with Between the Covers to provide a range of recommended readings from young people’s writing, delivered by young people themselves.

The Derbyshire Poet Laureate can do performances, workshops, write a poem as a commission or a range of other poetry activities.

Free beginners internet taster sessions. If you need help in searching the internet or setting up an email address we have library staff who can help. 

Library stall promoting reading and the services available from the library. Sometimes these will have special promotions such as the Summer Reading Challenge, Derbyshire Literature Festival, Family Learning week etc.

Mobile Libraries. A mobile library may be able to visit your event/activity

Picture the Past. This project aims to conserve and make accessible the photographic heritage of the North East Midlands
The Picture the Past team can:
• Provide a talk on the project
• Offer expert advice on what you can do with digital images
• Create a slideshow of historical images from a particular area of Derbyshire
• Offer people the opportunity to bring along their own photographs to be captured and added to the collection on site 

Storytimes for children
. Can be thematic or general, and are suitable for a range of ages. Sometimes these can be combined with a craft.

Story, Rhythm & Rhyme. Interactive songs and rhymes for pre-school children. 

The Summer Reading Challenge runs each year in Derbyshire, aimed at school aged children through the summer holidays; see the 2015 SRC report in the Related documents section below.

Talks on archives and local studies. Archivists and local studies librarians can offer a range of talks, workshops and displays aimed at both adults and children. Possible topics include:
• Introductions to Derbyshire Record Office and Local Studies Library
• Preserving Your Past – preservation of your archives at home
• Family and local history
• The history of your house
• Reminiscence sessions – using archive material to spark discussion and rekindle memories of topics
such as holidays, food and drink and wartime.
• Displays of documents and photographs telling the story of your area
• Children’s craft and story writing sessions 

Use of library spaces. Several libraries have Learning & Training Centres or Meeting Rooms which can be used to stage events and activities. In addition, Chesterfield Library has a 190 seat tiered theatre which can be used for performances, talks and meetings. 

For more information about all library services, please contact Martyn Shaw, Library Service Development Manager,, 01629 536586 or have a look at the Library Service pages here:

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