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We’re reopening Central Library in stages:
- from Monday 13 July, you can visit to return borrowed items and use our Call and Collect service
- from Monday 7 September, you can visit to browse and borrow books, use a computer (you'll need to book ahead), and print
Central Library will be open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
|Monday||9.30am to 5pm|
|Tuesday||9.30am to 7pm|
|Wednesday||9.30am to 5pm|
|Thursday||9.30am to 7pm|
|Friday||9.30am to 5pm|
|Saturday||10am to 5pm|
|Sunday||1pm to 5pm|
By bus: find information and plan your journey on the TravelWest website.
Cycling: There are bicycle stands at the front of the library.
Pay-and-display parking is available at both the front and rear of the library. There are nine spaces in College Square on parking meters, plus an area set aside for motorcycles/scooters.
Disabled parking is in front of the library near the ramp entrance. Badge holders may park free.
You can find an access guide on the DisabledGo website.
Help and advice
Community legal service: assisted information
Community Legal Service leaflets
Internet and computer equipment
Large keys keyboard: two available in the Disability Resource Centre
Large screen computer monitor
Magnifier monitor that magnifies print or objects onto a PC screen
Wheelchair accessible computer desk
Find out more about using the library computers.
Colour photocopier: A4 and A3
Magnifying glass for use in the library
Baby bounce and rhyme: every Tuesday 10 to 10.30am. Free. No need to book. Run all year round.
Pre-school children's storytime: every Tuesday 11.30am to 12noon. Free. No need to book. Run all year round.
Rhymetime action songs for all: Saturdays 11.30am to 12noon. Free. No need to book. Run all year round.
Rhymetime in the afternoon: Mondays and Fridays 2 to 2.30pm. Free. No need to book. Run all year round.
School holiday activities: contact the library for details.
Reading group adults
Peer support reading group
This informal reading group is run in parnernship with West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL).
- When: 11am to 12.30pm, second Thursday of the month
- Where: the upstairs meeting room at the central library
It's for anyone who consider themselves:
- having a chronic illness
This is also open to
For more information about peer support contact WECIL:
Tel: 0117 947 9942
Adult reading group
Meets second Thursday of the month 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Shared reading group
Meets every Tuesday 2pm to 3.30pm. You don't need to do any reading beforehand. A group leader will read aloud the stories and poems. You can relax, listen and chat as we go.
Visually impaired reading groups
Anyone who finds it difficult to read printed material is welcome to join.
The Central Library group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12pm. For more details, ring 01179036198 or email email@example.com.
Holden play readers group
The Holden Play Readers group meet monthly to read works from the Central library's drama collection. If you’re new to the group and prefer not to read, you can join just to watch.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 5.45pm to 7pm in the Children's Library activity area. The area can be looped for those who wear hearing aids.
There’s tea and coffee for a small charge.
We host a range of one off events including author talks and theatre performances.
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.
Friends of Bristol Central Library
An independent group that supports the library.
- Breastfeeding Welcome
- Public Toilets
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet