Plan for Libraries

Plymouth Library Service is changing. The Plan for Libraries was agreed in June 2017 and means changes to the way we deliver our services. We’ll have 11 libraries across the city, pop-up libraries in 5 locations and an improved online offer.  Find out more below. 


Eggbuckland Library closes at 6pm on Friday 15 September

Ernesettle Library closes at 1pm on Saturday 16 September 

Laira Library closes at 1pm on Saturday 16 September 

Tothill Library closes at 1pm Saturday 16 September 

Stoke Library closes at 1pm on Saturday 16 September

West Park is not due to close until St Budeaux has been redeveloped. The St Budeaux site has recently been marketed as a development opportunity. 

No. You can return items to any other Plymouth library or to one of our pop-up libraries. (See below)

Opening hours will remain the same for now. Opening hours at Devonport, Crownhill  and Southway will be extended in the new year 

Our Home Library Service is for Plymouth residents who want to borrow books and audiobooks but who can't get to a library. 

The Traveline South West website will show you the quickest way to travel between two locations. Library staff will be happy to help you use the site. 

Access Plymouth may be able to help you or phone 600633

There will be a pop-up library from 10.30am to 4.30pm every week at these locations:

Mondays: St Edwards Church, Eggbuckland (from 18 September) 

Tuesdays: Tothill Community Centre (From 19 September) 

Wednesdays: Four Greens Community Trust, Whitleigh (from 20 September) 

Thursdays, River View, Ernesettle (From 21 September) 

Fridays, Stoke Christian Centre (from 22 September) 

There will be a selection of adult and children's books to browse and borrow. This will be changed weekly. You will be able to join the library, borrow books and collect reservations. Craft and colouring for children will be available. 

We will be working with communities to decide on activities. They may include rhymetimes, storytimes or reading groups depending on need. 

A new 247 library website will launch in the autumn making it easier for you to find, renew and reserve items online. It will be more user friendly and work better on mobiles and tablets. Alongside this will be a library app you can download to access library services from wherever you are. 

There will be some refurbishments at Crownhill and Southway before Christmas. Meeting rooms will be installed along with more PCs. A space at Devonport will be available to hire as a meeting room from 18 September. 

Plan for Libraries Update 14 June 2017

We have just published our revised Plan for Libraries and associated documentation that will be taken to the Council’s Cabinet on the 20  June before going to Full Council on 3 July 2017, the documents can be found here.

The Council’s press release on the revised plan can be found here.

Plan for Libraries documents 

Download Plan for Libraries Summary [PDF, 3.26MB]

Download Plan for Libraries 2017 to 2020 [PDF, 1.33MB]

Download Appendix A Library Fact sheets [PDF, 7000KB]

Download Appendix B The Library Conversation [PDF, 826KB]

Download Appendix C Library needs assessment [PDF, 290KB]

Download Appendix D Frequently Asked Questions Updated 17 February 2017 [PDF, 171KB]

Download Appendix E Consultation Equalities Impact Assessment [PDF, 320KB]

 Plan for Libraries Easy Read version [PDF, 883KB]