Central Library

Central Library is a beautifully re-modelled building with Wi-Fi access throughout the building, 150 computers and iPads, and a game area with free to use Xbox 360. Download the Central Library information leaflet.

William Brown Street,
L3 8EW
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See the famous collections of rare books housed in the magnificent Hornby Library and Oak Room.

View the impressive Picton Reading Room, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Study our unique and rare archives from the 13th century to the present day which tell Liverpool’s story.

Find out about the full range of services we offer below.

If Bank Holiday opening hours vary, we'll display a notice at the top of this page telling you what the changes are.

Opening hours

Monday 09:00 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 20:00
Thursday 09:00 20:00
Friday 09:00 20:00
Saturday 09:00 17:00
Sunday 10:00 17:00


  • Archives in Central Library

    Our local studies collection and Search Room with books on all aspects of Liverpool's history are located in the 'Archive' area.

    More about our archives

  • Discover for children

    A stunning space for children to discover books with an accessible area for under 5’sFree computers for children do school work or have fun. Storytelling and themed days take place here too.

    More on children's resources

  • 15,000 rare books

    15,000 rare books in the Hornby Library, Oak Room and Picton Reading Room. For many visitors, the star attraction is a copy of John James Audubon’s  ‘Birds of America’.

  • Deli Marche Café

    Enjoy the views from the terrace overlooking St John’s Gardens along with a Costa coffee, light bite or scrumptious cake. 

  • Need to hire a meeting room?

    Looking for the perfect venue for your meeting? All three of our partitioned meeting rooms are soundproof and can be configured to your specific requirements.

    More about meeting rooms

Events at Central Library

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