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In the heart of Retford, on Churchgate, facing the church of St.Swithun’s, Retford’s Denman Library is housed in a fascinating old building.

Bassetlaw Inspire Libraries have a vast range of events and courses available through to July 2024.
Find out much, much more.

01777 708 724

The Silent Book Club

Tuesday 23rd April 18:30 to 20:00

Shhhhh! We’re reading on World Book Night!

Join Retford Library staff for an evening of pure calm and relaxing  reading. Bring along the book you are reading and enjoy a peaceful hour in our beautiful heritage room. There will be time to chat about what you are reading as well as to enjoy some  refreshments.

Tickets £3 (to include refreshments) - booking is essential.

To book any of the above events: or 01777 708 724


At Retford Library
Wednesday 5th June – Wednesday 10th July 2024
10:00 – 12:00

Are you interested in tracing your family tree but don’t know where to start? Retford Library is hosting a new six-week course called Researching Family History: An Introduction starting on Wednesday 5th June and ending on Wednesday 10th July. It is suitable for beginners in family history.

Come along to explore key family history records (where to find them and how to use them) and develop research skills to help you when tracing your own family tree.

The course costs £36 (or may be free if you are in receipt of certain benefits). For more information about the course, including booking and enrolment, visit, call Ask Inspire on 01623 677 200 or email

Please note – this is a repeat of the course which ran at Worksop library in Jan – Feb 2024.

Want to go to university but don't have the qualifications you need? Inspire Learning can help here...




Great News for Family Historians! After almost 2 years of work, Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire's Anglican baptism, marriage, and burial Parish Registers can now be searched via free access to in library buildings and at Nottinghamshire Archives.
Find out more here...

Retford library is now a wonderfully spacious and welcoming facility - for details, click here...

We also note here that Worksop Library is back after recent flooding repairs - take a peek here...

If you have any queries about the library service or your library account you can:

Contact Ask Inspire


Phone: 01623 677 200


On-line resources: Inspire subscribe to many fascinating and useful online resources, all accessible for free from Library PCs and some from home. These include Ancestry and the British Newspaper Archive.

Nottinghamshire library service became a Community Benefit Society with exempt charitable status in April 2016.  This means they are a not-for-profit organisation so all funds must be spent on culture, learning and library activities for the communities we serve. Therefore, Nottinghamshire Libraries are now delivered by Inspire, a Community Benefit Society. For more about Inspire, click here...

For more details of the regular events listed here, or to book your place, see contact details at the bottom of the page.

Mobile Library services

Clarborough (and North/South Wheatley and Clayworth) residents may also be interested in Inspire’s mobile library service timetable - known officially as ‘North, Route 4’.
Click here for the current local timetable or go online for a wider selection of communities covered by mobile libraries, search Inspire’s dedicated website here...

As well as all of the facilities you would expect from one of Nottinghamshire’s Libraries, the ever-helpful staff have a wide range of activity sessions to tempt you. All are free unless otherwise stated.

Home Library Service
Retford Library has a team of RVS Volunteers who deliver a selection of Library books to those who are housebound and cannot access the Library. If you know someone who would benefit from this service, please let a member of the Library staff know. Also, if you would like to volunteer to be part of this scheme, we would be happy to hear from you.

Help with Homework at your library. Young people can use PCs and the Internet for free along with some free printing for homework purposes. There are many online resources available including free access to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as helpful staff!

Many other services are available at the Library. Free access to Research, Ancestry,  British Newspaper Archive and Which? - available on Library PCs. Free printing for homework. Please ask for details.

Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:     Website: