Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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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.

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.

Clarborough (and North/South Wheatley and Clayworth) residents may also be interested in Nottinghamshire’s mobile library service timetable - known officially as ‘North, Route 4’.
Click on this poster for a bigger version or go online here...

For a wider selection of communities covered by mobile libraries, search Notts. County Council’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!

The Summer Reading Challenge will be taking place for the whole of the summer holidays. Register for the challenge to keep your children reading over the summer holidays and find out about the exciting activities taking place in the Library. All the children’s events are listed below...

Kid’s activities for Summer 2019 Holidays here...

Retford Library’s Monthly Saturday Tabletop Gaming Days. Next event on 31st August.
Free drop-in.

Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a  different style and playability than the more traditional board has. Don’t worry if you have never played a Tabletop game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. We also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience.

Tabletop gaming is fast becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all  over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little  different from your normal board gaming experience then please come and join us.

The sessions run from 10:00-15:00 and are free to attend. It would be great to see you all there.

Calling all adventurers aged 7+
Are you ready for a tale of maps, myths and monsters?





This exciting new family theatre production is on it's way to Inspire  libraries across Nottinghamshire this summer and promises to offer a unique theatre experience! Coming to Retford Library on Monday 29th July. Click on poster for details and booking.

Creative Writers’ Group
1st, 15th & 29th August 14:00-16:00

There is no charge and no pressure. Come along, listen and share when you feel like doing.
Kevin can be contacted on 07903 654 499 and

Stephen Booth – book signing in conjunction with Bookworm
Thursday 15th August 11:00 - 13:00
Author Stephen Booth will be signing copies of his new standalone novel DROWNED LIVES.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 24th July

Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials, to meet like-minded
people over a cuppa! If you would like to know more please get in touch
It's just 50p for refreshments, give us a call to book your place

Crime Café & Poetry Café
Thursday 25th July at 18:30 - 20:00

Crime, Rhyme and Cocktails -A Summer Evening of Poetry and Words

Join us for a relaxing evening of poetry and words with a crime theme.
Bring a poem or short extract to share or simply come along to listen.
A summer cocktail and nibbles are included in the ticket price. Tickets: £2.00. Booking advised

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings:
22nd July and 9th & 23rd September
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...

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.

Local/Family History drop-in sessions with Helen Fox (Nottinghamshire Team Librarian, Local Studies) each month on Thursday mornings from 10:00-13:00. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
Next dates : will resume on 19th September.

You will usually find Greg Herdman in attendance too - he’s the chap who ‘fronts’ the library’s Family & Local History Group twice monthly. Find out more about that group here...

Reading Group
The group meets on the last Tuesday in every month at 11:00 in the library. Reading Groups are very informal and open to everyone, and a wide range of books are selected for members to read and discuss each month. Everybody has a say and the idea behind a Reading Group is to get members to read something different to what they would normally choose.

The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 13th July. Register for the challenge to keep your children reading over the summer holidays and find out about the exciting activities taking place in the Library.

Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 10:20

Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.

Story Hullabaloo
very Friday from 10:00 to 10:20
Enjoy stories and songs together. For older, pre-school children.

If you are unable to visit your local library we can arrange for books to be brought to you. A friendly RVS volunteer can bring a selection of books and talking books to you, in your own home.

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: