Central Library

Central Library is a beautifully re-modelled building with Wi-Fi access throughout the building with 150 computers.

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.

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

Please note we are closed on bank holidays.

Opening hours

Monday 09:00 17:00
Tuesday 12:00 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 12:00 20:00
Friday 09:00 17:00
Saturday 09:00 17:00

What's on in Central Library?

  • Fleet Street deserted and empty

    Covid-19 pandemic

    Help Liverpool Archives document the Covid-19 pandemic in Liverpool so we can preserve these histories for posterity. 

    How to contribute

  • Author, Ruth Ozeki in blue shirt and glasses

    Ruth Ozeki at Hornby Library

    Free event in our Hornby Library on Wednesday 6th October at 6.30pm with novelist and film maker, Ruth Ozeki.

    See event details and book tickets

  • 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 get you 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