Coronavirus update : Library services
Central Library will reopen on weekdays from Monday 13th July, 10am-3pm. Please read the safety measures and information on restricted services before you visit us. A decision on reopening our other libraries will be made in the coming weeks, based on their size and location. You can still access our free Read Liverpool online services.
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.
William Brown Street,
- 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.
- Visit Disabled Go for disabled access details for Central Library.
Find out about the full range of services we offer below.
What's on in Central Library?
Black Lives Matter
Help Liverpool Archives document the BLM campaign in Liverpool so we can preserve these histories for posterity. Your experience of BLM events taking place now will be the basis of research in the future.
Summer Reading Challenge 2020
Our libraries may be closed but the Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital for 2020!
eLibrary workshop via Zoom
Need help downloading ebooks and other resources from Read Liverpool? We're running one to one device workshops via Zoom to help you get started!
Our local studies collection and Search Room with books on all aspects of Liverpool's history are located in the 'Archive' area.
Discover for children
A space to discover books with an area for under 5’s too. Free computers for school work or having fun. Storytelling and events also take place here.
15,000 rare books
15,000 rare books in the Hornby Library, Oak Room and Picton Reading Room.
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.