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The award winning Nottingham Performing Arts Library Service (NPALS) lends multiple copies of plays, vocal scores and orchestral sets to organisations across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derby City. The collection is comprised of over 24,000 drama copies, 85,000 Vocal scores and 1,300 orchestral sets. All of which are available to order online.

You can register your organisation with NPALS online via the Login portal above. 

 

Hire charges

To ensure the sustainability of the NPALS and safeguard the collection for future generations, charges are applicable for this service. This is in conjunction with Performing Arts Services offered by other Local Authorities. 

From 1st July 2019, the following standard charges apply:

MUSIC

Registration

FREE

 

    Cost per month

Orchestral set (sm)

£6

Orchestral set (lg)

£10

Vocal Score copy (sm)

25p

Vocal Score copy (lg)

37p

Part Song copy

10p

Borrow unlimited times throughout the year

  

DRAMA

Annual Subscription

£55

Up to 12 titles on loan, at any one time

Up to 12 titles on order, at any one time

Borrow unlimited times throughout the year

**Please note: Loans starting on or after 1st July 2019 will be charged at the new rate.


Inter Library Loan

An administrative search fee of £6 is applied for each title requested via Inter Library Loan. The hire of the loan will be charged at the standard rate (as outlined above), unless otherwise notified.   


Transfer charges

Choose from the following collection or delivery options:

TRANSFERS

One way transfer from NPALS

Nottingham City Libraries

FREE

Inspire Libraries

FREE

Fosse Library (per box <10kg)

£5.76

Home Delivery (per box <2kg)

£9

Home Delivery (per box <15kg)

£15


 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of standard charges

  • 2 month loan of 40 large vocal scores (37p), collecting from an Inspire Library (free) = (2 x 40 x 37p, + 0 = £29.60)

  • 2 month loan of a large orchestral set (£10) collecting from Fosse Library (£5.76<10kg) = (2 x £10, + £5.76 = £25.76)

  • 2 month Inter Library loan (£6), of a small orchestral set (£6), delivered to home address (£9<2kg) = (2 x £6, + £6 + £9 = £27)

     

You can search our online catalogue by visiting our stock page. For help and more information about our services, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and Terms and Conditions pages. Alternatively, please get in touch, if you require further support.


You can search our online catalogue by visiting our stock page. For help and more information about our services, please see the frequently asked questions and terms and conditions pages. Alternatively, please get in touch, if you require further support. 

 

Organisations based in other areas of the UK

In August 2017 we began offering services to organisations outside of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derby City. Organisations based in other areas of the UK are invited to register via the website. NPALS kindly requests proof of identification and address, as part of the registration process. Services to organisations based in other areas of the UK are charged a 20% administrative fee, in addition to the hire fees listed above (e.g. a 2 month loan of a small orchestral set (£6), plus admin fee (20%), delivered to home address (£9 <2kg) = (2 x £6, + £2.40, + £9 = £23). Please contact us for further information about this service.

 

Our story 

The NPALS project consolidated performing Arts resources from Nottingham City and Leicester City Libraries into one mighty collection. NPALS opened its doors on the 15th January 2016. The project was devised to preserve and improve these cultural resources, make them accessible online and safeguard them from further budget cuts. We thank Rob Hunt, Graham Whatley, Lee Warner, Howard Peacock and all of our colleagues in Leicester City Libraries for their work with Performing Arts resources and for supporting NPALS.  

NPALS has also evolved from the incredible collection of Music and Drama resources curated by Malcolm Lewis and Sue Slide, which was formerly based at Nottingham Central Library. We thank all of our colleagues across Nottingham City and Inspire Libraries who have collated, maintained and circulated these collections, keeping these precious resources in the public domain.  

 

Our home 

As a result of a ‘substantial grant’ from the Miner’s Welfare Fund, the foundation stone of Radford-Lenton Library was laid on October 6th 1925. The original reading room (which now houses the NPALS collection), was divided into two sections. The first area was a newsroom and the second area acted as a magazine and general reference room, with a ‘special provision for ladies’. The Library was designed by the City Engineer Mr T. Wallis Gordon, who also designed the Victoria Embankment War Memorial and was constructed by Nottingham based contractor Messrs. White and Kennewell.  

On the 5th November 1969 Radford-Lenton Library hosted a bonfire party and firework display between 7.30 and 10pm. For a mere 2 shillings for adults and 1 shilling per child, borrowers were served hot soup, with roast potatoes and invited to ‘bring fireworks if desired’.   

For more information on the history of Radford-Lenton Library, or other local history, please contact the Nottingham Local Studies Library. 

 

Volunteering opportunities 

We have a fantastic team of volunteers that support NPALS. We regret that we are currently closed to new volunteer applications. If you are interested in joining our esteemed team, please keep an eye on our website for updates. Volunteer opportunities in other areas of the Library service are listed here.