Central library: activities and events

Central library: activities and events

Find details of the Central library activities and events you can take part in.

Bristol Shares Reading

Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm, Bristol Central Library, Public Meeting Room on the first floor.

A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems. You can relax, listen and join in the conversation about what we have read.  

All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits. 

Drop-in, free

For more information contact Central Library 0117 903 7200

Children's story times and activities

Our activities for children aged from 0 to 17 years old include:

  • baby bounce and rhyme sessions every Monday and Friday from 2pm to 2.30pm, every Tuesday from 10am to 10.30am, and every Saturday from 11.30am to 12.00pm
  • pre-school children's story time, every Tuesday between 11.30am and 12.00pm
  • regular events and activities during school summer holidays, from simple craft activities to author and illustrator visits. You'll need to book your child's place in advance

For more information, contact the Children's Library by emailing or ringing 0117 903 7215.


We host a range of one off events including author talks and theatre performances.

For upcoming events at Bristol Central Library check our Eventbrite page or Facebook events page.

Lunchtime lectures

Talks to engage, inform and enlighten. Different speakers on different subjects each week. 

Thursdays at 12.30pm.

Drop in, free. 

For more information on upcoming talks, visit our Eventbrite page

Senior moments group

This is a very informal social group for the over 60s. The group meets at 10.15, on the last Tuesday of the month, in the café area of the Central Library.

The group starts with coffee and then a guest speaker comes to talk or demonstrate something.

It costs £1.50 per person for each session, and this includes refreshments.

For more details, including to find out who the next guest speaker is, call 0117 903 7250 or email