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Central Library


Deanery Road

City Centre



Opening hours

This library will be closed:

  • Monday, 3 May
  • Monday, 31 May

Read about changes to library services on our Coronavirus: library information page.

Monday 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Library map

Getting there

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
Trackerball mouse
Wheelchair accessible computer desk

Find out more about using the library computers.

Other resources

Colour photocopier: A4 and A3
Magnifying glass for use in the library

Children activities

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:

  • disabled
  • having a chronic illness

This is also open to

  • friends
  • carers
  • family

For more information about peer support contact WECIL: 
Tel: 0117 947 9942
Email: peersupport@wecil.co.uk

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.

We provide CDs and MP3s using the Calibre Audio Library and encourage members to suggest titles from the Calibre web site.

The Central Library group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12pm. For more details, ring 01179036198 or email lending.library@bristol.gov.uk.

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.

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

Friends of Bristol Central Library

An independent group that supports the library.


  • Breastfeeding Welcome
  • Photocopier
  • Public Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet