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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.

For contact details, see bottom of this page plus even more here....


I am a writer – Free Creative Writing Workshops

Coming to Retford library! A wonderful opportunity to try
some creative writing with the wonderful Andrew Graves.

For details, dates through May and bookings


Retford Library’s Poetry Café

Lord Byron(1788-1824) and the Romantic Poets

Monday 20th May 14:00 - 15:30

Join Retford Library staff for a relaxing afternoon of poetry. We have chosen for our theme, Lord Byron, on the 200th anniversary of his death. Bring along a poem by Byron or one of the other poets of the Romantic Era to share, or just come and listen to others.

£1 to include refreshments. Booking advised

For more information and to book your place,
contact Retford Library on 01777 708 724 or


Live Music Now’s Songs & Scones programme is coming to Inspire libraries! Enjoy uplifting live performances from professional musicians whilst making new friends over tea and scones.

The events are particularly suitable for older people - including those living with dementia and their carers - but all are welcome to attend...
Tickets are just £2

These Retford Library events on the first Friday of the month, starting 7th June and then 5th July, 2nd August and 6th September. Book tickets and find out more:

Retford Library’s Crime Café

Tuesday 4th June 10:00 - 11:30

Join Retford Library staff for coffee and chat about your favourite or latest Crime or Mystery reads.
A good chance to get new recommendations from staff and others and to share your own favourites.
Try any of the titles discussed with a free reservation.

£1 to include refreshments. Booking advised.

Latest Love Reading newsletter here...


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: