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Library Services
Plymouth Central Library
Drake Circus
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 305900
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Row of books on a bookshelf

Central Library

Easter closing
This library will be closed on 3 April (Good Friday) and 6 April (Easter Monday). Visit our online library for eBooks, eAudio, magazines and more.

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

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

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

Please note
The History Room and the Quiet Room on the first floor will be closed for the Elephant in the Room event from 4pm on Thursday 26 March until 9am on Monday 30 March 2015. The computer room will be open as usual.

We're sorry for any inconvenience.  

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 and music CDs and family sharing collection.

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

Large collections of CDs and 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

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.

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 Monday 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.
  • Friendship group: First Wednesday of the month, 2pm.
  • 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 Thursday, drop in between 10am and 12 noon.
  • Work club - help for jobseekers. Every Tuesday, drop in between 11am to 1pm

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

Access information - Plymouth Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities or limited movement and has been included in the DisabledGo access guide.

Location map

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