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*NPALS from August 2nd 2021*

NPALS continues to be AVAILABLE. Please see the Radford-Lenton Library pages for more information about visiting the public library. We strongly encourage all NPALS visitors to wear a face covering indoors (where possible). Please do not visit if you exhibit any Covid-19 symptoms. An appointment is no longer required, however, please notify npals@nottinghamcity.gov.uk in advance should you wish to collect / return items via outdoor exchange.

Loans issued pre-pandemic (before 23/03/20) are due for return, at the beginning of November 2021. Groups affected by the temporary suspension of NPALS will be compensated. We will continue to honour the fines amnesty for items falling overdue during the period of closure.

Groups can also collect or return NPALS orders at branches of Nottingham City Libraries and Inspire Libraries.

Each library will be operating its own COVID-19 measures. Please follow the links above to find more information about the relevant controls in place, at your preferred library.



Stay connected

during the pandemic



You already know how important your group is to your members and the difference it makes to the cultural life of the community. Does your group have a place for members to connect online? We've collated a few resources for you that might help you to re-connect, stay connected and make new connections over the coming weeks:

What's out there?

Making Music have collated a great page full of useful links for keeping groups active here

Music for Everyone has launched their own YouTube channel, full of activities for you to get involved in here


How do we get involved?

If your group does not have a place for members to connect online, now might be a good time to reach out and set up a chat group via social media, or digital messaging platforms:

If you usually access the internet via a desktop / laptop computer. Creating a Facebook group

is an easy way to connect group members online.

If you use a mobile phone, or tablet to access the internet then WhatsApp is another application that allows you to create an online group  

How do I get started?

If you, or your members are new to social media and messaging platforms, take a short course on how to get started:

With Facebook

Using other social media platforms

If you're new to video chat, you may find the following course useful

Zoom is an application that many people are using that is not covered in this module, however, you can access it online here

However, please be advised that zoom meetings are not as secure as other video chat platforms and may be accessed by third parties.

Finally, there are lots of resources available for you to use for FREE via Nottingham City Council's Online Library

So please do take a look

Keep busy, keep active and stay safe x



NPALS wins 2019

Excellence Award


Nottingham Performing Arts Library was delighted to be awarded a 2019 International Association of Music Libraries UK & IRL Excellence Award on 14th May 2019. The NPALS Delivery Co-ordinator was also presented with a 2019 Personal Achievement Award. Enormous thanks to Dr Charles Inskip, Programme Director of the MA in Library and Information Studies at University College London and everyone in the IAML community. It’s the IAML network that allows us to share valuable cultural resources, making such a wide range of music accessible. Thank you to all of our colleagues across the Library network and our wonderful borrowers. Read the Nottingham Post article here.