Arts and Language Subjects

Find out more about our large collections of drama and plays, film, languages and music resources

If you have a specific play you are looking for, check our online library catalogue to see if we have copies available. In some circumstances we can obtain titles which are not in our stock, so talk to us to see how we can help you.

If you need help with your choice, wish to request a title or need any further information, please contact us on 0115 915 2811 or email enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Film

Nottingham City Libraries has a large collection of DVDs available for loan, located on Floor 3 of Nottingham Central Library. A wide variety are available including:

  • The latest feature film releases 
  • Classic films
  • Subtitled films
  • Television drama
  • Music
  • Television documentaries
  • Children's
  • Non-fiction (e.g. painting, wildlife, travel)
  • Asian language

You can borrow up to 3 DVDs at any one time. All DVDs are loaned for one week, for a small fee. You can reserve DVDs here and have them delivered free when collecting from a community library (not including Nottingham Central Library), a weekly rental charge still applies.

Languages

Nottingham City Libraries has a large collection of books to read in languages other than English. You will find books in most of these languages on Floor 2 of Nottingham Central Library. Community libraries also have small collections of books in the languages which are found in their local community.  We also have language learning sets available for loan too.

Please visit our online library catalogue to check what is available, just put the name of the language in the search box.

The following is a list of those languages where there are books available to read: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Pashto [Pushto], Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Telegu, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh.

Music

Nottingham City Libraries has a huge range of popular and classical sound recordings, located on Floor 3 of Nottingham Central Library. All CDs are loaned for one week, for a small fee. You can reserve CDs here and have them delivered free when collecting from a community library (not including Nottingham Central Library), a weekly rental charge still applies.

The range of music includes the latest music releases in the following categories:

  • Asian Classical
  • Classical
  • Country and Western
  • Easy Listening
  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Opera and Ballet
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Reggae
  • World Music

Printed music

You'll find a large collection of sheet music in Nottingham City Libraries, including rock and pop as well as classical material. There are also large numbers of music sets available for hire. The main collection of scores is held on Floor 3 of Nottingham Central Library, as well as small collections at Aspley Library, Bulwell Riverside Library, Clifton Library, Sherwood Library and Wollaton Library.

There are no loan charges for borrowing scores on your library card. Scores available include and can be found on the library catalogue:

  • Classical including: chamber, opera, solo song, sacred, piano, organ, strings, brass, wind, percussion
  • Popular including: pop and rock songbooks, guitar tablature, musicals, music hall, electronic keyboard, songs for children
  • Learning to play an instrument

Contact Us

Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham NG1 6HP enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Fax: 0115 915 2840
Tel: 0115 915 2828

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