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The library for 12-19 years

Enjoy reading 

Every library has a collection of great reads for young people.

Computers and wifi to use for games or studying.

eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines and eReference to access remotely.

View our recommended reads for a new adventure.

After school activities for up to 18 years

Regular after school drop-in sessions during term time, run by staff and trained volunteers: 

Homework Help for ages 8 to 18:

  • help with Maths, English, Science, or other project work
  • free resources to use in the library for doing homework including books, stationery, calculators, protractors, computers, online reference books and printing

Homework Help sessions are open on specific days, times and during term time only, but don’t forget there are friendly staff to help with homework whenever the library is open.

Reading Champions for ages 4 to 16:

  • gain confidence with independent reading by reading aloud to staff or volunteers
  • get reading diaries signed

Games Club all ages welcome:

  • board and card games for everyone to enjoy

Locations and times (All run in term time only):

Aspley Library  Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club

Bilborough Library Tuesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm  Homework Help and Reading Champions

Clifton Library Thursdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Games Club

Dales Centre Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club

Hyson Green Library Fridays 4 pm to 5.30pm Homework Help

Meadows Library Mondays and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions

Radford-Lenton Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club

Sherwood Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club, plus Chess Club for all ages.

Southglade Park Library Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help, Reading Champions and Games Club

St Anns Valley Library Fridays 3.45pm to 5.30pm Homework Help

Strelley Road Library Mondays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Homework Help and Reading Champions and Fridays 3.30pm to 5.30pm Games Club

Storysmash and Young Writers

Discover coding for Twine games. Create characters, settings and plots. 

Roleplaying game groups for people aged from 11 to 25 in 5 libraries:

Nottingham Central
St Ann’s Valley
Bulwell Riverside

Check out our Storysmash gaming cabinets in the libraries above. Play free Twine games from professional developers and those created in previous Twine sessions.

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Nottingham Young Writers' Group

For ages 11-15 years

Join this fun and friendly young writers group, where you'll get to explore different types of writing and share your ideas with a professional writer. From poetry to playwriting, lyrics to stories, fairy tales to flash fiction, we have plenty of opportunities for you to try something new and be creative.

Come and take part in Nottingham Young Writers fortnightly at Nottingham Central Library, Saturday's 10 am to 12 pm. For ages 11 to 15 years.

For more information and to register to visit Writing East Midlands website or contact 

Young Writers Group

Shelf Help

Reading Well recommends expert endorsed books about mental health for young people. Selected titles with advice and information for 13 to 18-year-olds on issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams.

The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.

Shelf Help

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Duke of Edinburgh placement 

Libraries are keen to support young people working towards their Bronze and Silver awards.

We can accommodate one young person per library at a time so cannot always guarantee a placement. To apply please download and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Application Form 

Or get in touch via email for more