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

Children's story times and activities

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

  • baby bounce and rhyme and story time sessions
  • DIY Duplo Day from 9.30am on Tuesday, suitable for children from 1 and a half  to 4 years old
  • DIY Games Day from 3pm to 6.45pm on Thursday and from 1pm to 4.45pm on Sunday, suitable for children aged 2 to 17 years old
  • 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

Thursdays at 12.30pm in the Library foyer.

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

Drop in, free. 

For more information on upcoming talks, visit our Eventbrite page

Visually impaired reading group

Last Thursday of the month, 10.30am to 12pm. 

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.

For more details, call 0117 903 6198 or email

Adult reading group

Second Thursday of the month, 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

For more details, call 0117 903 7250 or email

We also run a variety of book groups online.

Find out more on our Facebook page and follow us on Eventbrite.