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

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,
L3 8EW
Contact us

  • 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.

Please note we are closed on bank holidays.

Opening hours

Monday 10:00 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 15:00
Thursday 10:00 15:00
Friday 10:00 15:00

What's on in Central Library?

  • Black Lives Matter gathering outside St George's Hall

    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.

    How to contribute to BLM

  • Silly Squad reading challenge characters

    Summer Reading Challenge 2020

    Our libraries may be closed but the Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital for 2020!

    Summer Reading Challenge

  • 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!

    Find out more and register

  • Reference books

    Our Archives

    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 area for children at Central Library

    Discover for children

    A space to discover books with an area for under 5’s tooFree computers for school work or having fun. Storytelling and events also take place here.

    More on children's resources

  • Rare books in the Oak Room

    15,000 rare books

    15,000 rare books in the Hornby Library, Oak Room and Picton Reading Room.

  • Meeting rooms at Central Library

    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

Find out about all events from the main Google calendar