Picton Reading Room closure notice
Picton Reading Room in Central Library will be closed from 1st to 31st August 2019 to allow for plaster repairs and full repainting of the dome. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note that the busts of Sir Ken Dodd and Sir James Picton have been relocated to the adjacent Hornby Library so that they can still be viewed by all whilst the work is taking place.
- 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?
Summer fun at Central Library
Free activities for children at Central Library - join us for storytelling, magic, crafts, puppets and much more.
Trans Lives: Uncover Your Story
As part of 'Trans Lives in Liverpool' we are running writing workshops for trans people to document their experiences.
Tracy Chevalier in Conversation
Tracy Chevalier joins us on 10th September to discuss her latest novel 'A Single Thread'. Tickets from £5.50.
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.
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.