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Central Library


Deanery Road

City Centre



Opening hours

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

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

Venue notes

You can visit Central library to:

  • browse and borrow books and other media
  • collect books you have reserved
  • return your loans
  • use computers and print
  • use Wi-Fi
  • use the reading room, reference stock and microfilm 
  • use study space
  • view the electoral register
  • access newspapers
  • use the photocopier
  • use the toilets

You will not be able to access the café. This is closed until further notice.


Children and young people
Business information
Art and drama collections
Reference library

Contact Central Library

For general enquiries: 

For the reference library:


Bristol Libraries’ events are currently online.

For upcoming events at Bristol Central Library check our:

Friends of Bristol Central Library

An independent group that supports the library.

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


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