Library service updates - Coronavirus

Libraries - phased reopening 

Due to Government guidance libraries are permitted to re-open. Northamptonshire Libraries are operating a phased reopening and therefore the full range of services will not be available. The following libraries are open: 

How to use our services

See full details of services available

Library items must be pre-ordered in advance, to be collected at an agreed timeslot. Items can be ordered in three ways:

  • North Northamptonshire Council Ring 0300 126 3000
  • West Northamptonshire Council Ring 0300 126 7000
  • Email the library
  • Pick up a form from the library

Please note to help us work safely and manage our stock levels, a maximum of 5 library items per borrower can be requested for collection. Books can be requested by genre and preferred author but we cannot guarantee the availability of individual titles.

In line with guidance from Public Health England we recommend that items are quarantined for 72 hours from the date they have been collected.

If you are a library member you can search on the library catalogue and reserve up to five items; there is no charge for making a reservation.

Reserved items can be collected from any of the following libraries:

  • Brixworth
  • Corby 
  • Daventry
  • Desborough
  • Duston
  • Hunsbury
  • Irthlingborough
  • Kettering
  • Northampton Central
  • Oundle
  • Roade
  • Rothwell
  • Rushden
  • Towcester
  • Wellingborough
  • Weston Favell

In line with guidance from Public Health England we recommend that items are quarantined for 72 hours from the date they have been collected.

For more information and to reserve items please go to our select and collect webpage. 

All library members have free access to e-books, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers and e-magazines, and resources in our online reference section.

For anyone who is not currently a member, it is easy to join the library as a virtual member and take advantage of these resources.

We also offer an online programme of activities on individual library Facebook pages and our Library Youtube channel.

Items can be returned to libraries during current opening hours. Normal overdue charges will apply.

For more information on overdue charges please go to our fees and charges page 

You can become a full library member by visiting and signing-up at your most convenient library. Full members can borrow books, audiobooks and DVDs from any of public library in Northamptonshire; and also download for free from our e-lending collections and refer to our online information resources.

If you wish to access our e-lending and online information resources only, you can become a virtual member.

For further information please go to our joining the library page.

​A limited browsing service is available, where customers can browse and select their own stock using the self-service system.

In order to do this safely entry is controlled, with browsing time limited and available through bookable sessions. Walk-in is also allowed, but only if there are no booked appointments at that time.

For further information and to book a time slot, please email the Library.

An enquiry, information and signposting service is available. Speak to the library staff when you arrive at the library.

Pre-booking is required for 45 minute slots. Normal charges will apply. Information on charges can be found on our Computers, internet and wi-fi page. There will be free access to websites available through the Good Web Guide.

Pre-booking is required for 45 minute slots. To book:

  • North Northamptonshire Council Ring 0300 126 3000
  • West Northamptonshire Council Ring 0300 126 7000
  • Speak to a member of staff at an open library

​You can apply for or renew bus passes at libraries that have reopened as part of the phased reopening of our libraries. You can also apply for and renew bus passes online.

Services not currently available

 The following will not be available:

  • Meeting room bookings
  • In-library events
  • Public toilets
  • Blue badges

Face coverings 

In line with Government advice face coverings must be worn when visiting library buildings except for those with medical exemptions. 

Community managed libraries

 For further information please email your local community managed library.