This library is currently closed. Ongoing discussions are taking place to transfer this library into Community Management. During this time, customers are welcome to access services online or at any LibraryPlus location.   

Coronavirus update

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.

Please check the latest information for opening hours and services available:

See current Library service updates

Contact details

Kingsthorpe Library
Welford Road
Northampton
NN2 8AG

Parking

2 spaces for disabled drivers - free time limited supermarket car park nearby.

Toilets

Disabled public toilet with baby changing facilities.

Disabled access

This library is wheelchair accessible.

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​Services at all libraries

The Library shop sells a selection of greetings cards, gift items, children's toys and educational material.

​See room hire details for individual libraries on the room hire page

​Full library membership and virtual library membership is available to anyone who lives, works or studies in Northamptonshire.

For further information please go to the joining the library section.

There's more to the library than you think. Lots of our services for the community rely on support from our volunteers. What could you do?

How do you become a volunteer?

Speak to a member of library staff to express an interest in volunteering. There is an interview process and all successful volunteers will be asked to supply details of referees. Volunteers for some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We will provide any training that is necessary to assist in volunteering roles.

Concessionary bus passes

Concessionary bus passes are available at your local library.

To find out more, visit our bus pass section.

Please note that disabled concessionary bus passes are available at the following libraries only:

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

Blue badges

Assistance with online Blue Badge applications is by appointment only. Please contact us on 0300 126 1000, option 5 then option 1, to book an appointment.

To find out more, visit our Blue Badge section.

Please note that this service is available at the following libraries only:

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

​See under 5s events at all libraries on our events calendar.

​Answers Plus

Answers Plus is the Libraries and Information Service's online information service. We welcome questions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Northamptonshire, or who would like information about the county.

​Libraries have Wi-Fi, computers with broadband internet access and printing facilities. Go to the Computers, Internet and Wi-Fi page for further information.

With our public printing service you can email documents from your phone, tablet or laptop to print at your local library.

Northampton Central Library has a large collection of sheet music and playsets available for hire to groups. You can arrange to collect the sheet music and playsets at any Northamptonshire Library.

Please contact NLISMusiclibrary@firstforwellbeing.co.uk for further information.

​Northamptonshire LibraryPlus welcomes you to breastfeed in any of our libraries.

We understand that breastfeeding gives your child the best start in life and so we offer comfortable spaces alongside books and toys to keep siblings entertained whilst you breastfeed. If you would like a glass of water, or there is anything else we can reasonably do to make you more comfortable whilst you breastfeed, please ask a member of staff. We can also offer support and advice through breastfeeding support groups, health visitors and our qualified early year’s workers. You can find about more about this on our events calendar or by asking a member of staff.

It is a mother’s right to breastfeed in public and should you be challenged by other customers our staff will be happy to talk to them on your behalf.

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