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Library Services
Plymouth Central Library
Drake Circus
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 305900
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Central Library

The Central Library is near Drake Circus, next to the Museum and opposite the University.

New Central Library

The Central Library on North Hill will close at 8pm on Thursday 17 March 2016 in preparation for the move to our new location

The new library will reopen in its new home on Armada Way at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March 2016.

All other Plymouth libraries will be open as usual during this time. If you need more information email

Opening hours

Monday 8.30am to 5pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 7pm
Thursday 8.30am to 8pm
Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

We're sorry but there is currently no lift in the Central Library which will limit access to the first floor. Phone 01752 305901 if you need more information.

A post box at the back of the Central Library on Tavistock Place allows you to return items outside of library opening hours.

Internet and Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi


  • Quiet study room
  • Photocopiers
  • Scanner and drinks machine

Joining the library

Find out how to join the library.

Services and resources

Ground floor

Adult fiction and non-fiction books to borrow, including collections of audio books, large print books and books in other languages.

Children's library with fiction, non-fiction and picture books to borrow, computers, story CDs and family sharing collection.

Young people's section including fiction, graphic novels and Manga.

DVDs (including Blu-Ray) to hire.

Music scores, sheet music and orchestral sets to borrow. Find out more about our music service.

Quick use computers.

Energy monitors to borrow


First floor

Computers with Internet and MS Office free for up to two hours per day.

The quiet room

Study space, quick reference books, directories, Intellectual property information, Newspapers and magazines.

The history room

Collection of books, maps, directories, journals and pamphlets relating to Plymouth's history. Plus everything you need for researching your family tree. Including parish registers and census returns for Plymouth, plus the GRO Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Free access online to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past.

Find out more about the History Room.

Meeting room

  • 93m²
  • Seats 100 theatre style
  • Suitable for conferences, film shows, exhibitions and training
  • Digital projector, screen, PA system, DVD player and Wii all available

For more information, including hire charges and terms and conditions visit our library meeting rooms page.

Regular events in the Central Library


  • Rhymetimes: Mondays 11am and Thursdays 2pm
  • Storytime and crafts: Wednesdays 11am
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Club: Second Friday of the month, 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Teen review group: second Thursday of the month, 4pm to 5.30pm


  • Crime book group (For lovers of crime fiction) First Tuesday of the month, 5pm to 6pm
  • VIP Readers group (For the visually impaired) First Monday of the month, 11am to 12 noon.
  • Feel Better with a Book
    Memory group: Mondays 2pm to 3.30pm
    Tuesdays: 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Open for Advice: Drop in sessions with an Open University tutor. Monthly on Thursdays or Saturdays, 11am to 1.30pm. Contact the library for dates.
  • Free film shows - Monthly. Check our what's on for details.
  • Councillor Surgery with Chaz Singh (Drake Ward): First Saturday of the month. Drop in between 10am and 12 noon.
  • The Internet for beginners: Every Friday, 2.30pm to 4pm. Phone 01752 305902 to book.
  • Work club - help for jobseekers. Every Tuesday, drop in between 11am to 1pm
  • Gadget drop in - Tips and advice on how to make the most of iPads, tablets, smartphones, e-readers and more. Every Tuesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

All other events and activities are listed on our What's on page.

Location map

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