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
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 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

What's on in Central Library?

  • Boy in library

    Half term fun at Central Library

    Enjoy our free children's activities that are full of music, stories, singing and laughter.

    Find out more

  • Heritage and Culture Day

    Set in the historic Picton Reading Room at Liverpool Central Library on Saturday 26th October 10-4pm.

    Find out more

  • 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.

  • Coffee and refreshments

    Deli Marche Café

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

  • 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