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.

To Celebrate

The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Retford Library’s Gallery €“The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022“
on display now until 30th June.
A special exhibition to commemorate the Coronation and reign
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Retford Library’s ‘What’s on’ newsletter here...

The Crime Café is back!
Date : Thursday June 30th
Time : 10:00-11:30
Cost: £1 to include refreshments.
Booking advised

Do you prefer Doyle to Deaver, or Cleeves to Christie?
At June’s Crime Café we will be comparing classic to contemporary authors.

Come along and discuss your favourites over a cuppa, and have a go at our crime quiz.
Booking recommended but not essential.

For further information please contact the library.
We look forward to seeing you.

Alison & Virginia

Summer Poetry Evening

Monday 11th July 18:30 to 20:00

£2.50 to include a summer cocktail and nibbles.
Booking essential.

We are pleased to  announce the return of the Summer Poetry Evening!  Join Lesley and me for a relaxing evening of shared poetry and refreshment – we may even be able to sit out on the decking!  Bring along a favourite poem or two suitable for a summer’s evening.

We hope to see you there! �
Kind regards, Joanne

Rufford Abbey - History and Archaeology

By Emily Gillott

Thursday 21st July 2022, 19:00-20:00

Retford Library

Join Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist for Nottinghamshire County Council, for a brief introduction to a thousand years of history at Rufford Abbey - from Medieval Village to monastic community, from grand country house to country park.

Emily’s talk will look into some of the fascinating history as well as recent archaeological discoveries.

Tickets £1.00 to include refreshments and Booking is essential as places are limited. Call 01777 708 724
or email to reserve a place.

2022 is the 25th anniversary of the Inspire Youth Arts team. Click poster for latest What’s On Guide. Also, Retford Library’s latest talks and groups here...


Your library is now a wonderfully spacious and welcoming facility.

However, Covid-19 regulations make visiting the library rather unusual with modified opening hours plus the usual Covid requirements of face masks and social distancing.

For details, click here...

We also note here that Worksop Library is back now flooding repairs are complete - they will open again when all libraries reopen - take a peak 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: