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.

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

01777 708 724

Boxed In, a theatre production will be coming to Retford Library during Hall Term (14th February, 2024) at 15:30. Aimed at children of 3-6 years of age, click Boxed In for details, tickets prices.
Contact Retford Library (see above) for bookings.

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
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