Events in Central Library
- Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition - find out more about this major new exhibition.
- Maternity Voices free Christmas launch event - with guest poet Terry Caffrey in Central Library's Discover Room on Friday 8th December 2017, 12-2pm. Children welcome. Find out more
- Once Upon A Christmas Story Time - join us on Monday 18th December 11am to 2pm for free Christmas stories, crafts, carols, elf face painting, magical reindeer food, Father Christmas and more.
Christmas and New Year opening hours at Central Library
- Sun 24th Dec - 10am-4pm
- Mon 25th, Tue 26th Dec - closed
- Weds 27th, Thurs 28th and Fri 29th Dec - 9am-8pm
- Sat 30th Dec - 9am-5pm
- Sunday 31st Dec - 10am-4pm
- Sun 1st Jan - closed
- Tues 2nd Jan - 9am-8pm
- 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?
Harry Potter A History of Magic: 20 Oct '17-4 Feb '18
Central Library is proud to present a major new exhibition in partnership with The British Library.
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.
Discover for children
A stunning space for children to discover books with an accessible area for under 5’s. Free computers for children do school work or have fun. Storytelling and themed days take place here too.
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.
- William Brown Street, L3 8EW