After a year of research, consultations, focus groups and much hard work from the teams in Nottingham and Leicester, the pioneering new Nottingham Performing Arts Library service will launch on 15 January 2016.
This first regional hub service will be open to users from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as those from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
It will offer increased repertoire, due to the merging of Leicester and Nottingham stocks (60,000 items, around 4,000 titles); and an additional £10,000 are being invested into improving stock quality.
Specialist staff knowledge will be available via phone and email, and reference copies can be browsed at the Radford-Lenton library in Nottingham.
Another major innovation will be a bespoke music library IT system, the first of its kind in the UK, enabling users to browse the catalogue and make reservations of sets (up to one year in advance) 24/7. Crucially, this will also reduce the staff’s manual administrative tasks, meaning they can focus on users’ musical queries and sourcing additional material through Inter Library Loans.
If you are resident in the area, you should be receiving information shortly about the new system and training sessions thereon in Nottingham and Leicester during the second half of January, or contact Making Music for a booking form.
Making Music are delighted to have been able to help and support this ground-breaking development which clearly shows the value both Leicester and Nottingham place on the needs of their amateur music groups, and should ensure the long-term future and sustainability of a music library in the region.