Central Library

Deanery Road
City Centre

Phone: 0117 9037250

Email: bristol.library.service@bristol.gov.uk

Opening hours

Short notice changes to opening hours, including library closures, are posted on our X (previously Twitter), Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monday 9.30am to 5pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Venue notes

You can visit Central library to:

  • browse and borrow books and other media
  • collect books you have reserved
  • return your loans
  • use computers and print (computers shut down 15 minutes before the library closing time)
  • use Wi-Fi
  • use the reading room, reference stock and microfilm 
  • use study space
  • view the electoral register
  • access newspapers
  • use the photocopier
  • use the toilets
  • use the cafe: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm


Children and young people
Business information
Art and drama collections
Reference library

Contact Central Library

For general enquiries: 

For the reference library:


For upcoming events at Bristol Central Library check our:

Friends of Bristol Central Library

An independent group that supports the library.

Email library.ideas@bristol.gov.uk to find out more about the Friends of Bristol Central Library.



Virtual tour

View a virtual tour of the library.


Library map

Getting there

By bus: find information and plan your journey on the TravelWest website.


Cycling: There are bicycle stands at the front of the library.

Pay-and-display parking is available at both the front and rear of the library. There are nine spaces in College Square on parking meters, plus an area set aside for motorcycles and scooters.

Disabled parking is in front of the library near the ramp entrance. Badge holders may park free.


You can find an access guide on the DisabledGo website.


Help and advice

Community legal service: assisted information
Community Legal Service leaflets

Internet and computer equipment

Large keys keyboard: two available in the Disability Resource Centre
Large screen computer monitor
Magnifier monitor that magnifies print or objects onto a PC screen
Trackerball mouse
Wheelchair accessible computer desk

Find out more about using the library computers.

Other resources

Colour photocopier: A4 and A3
Magnifying glass for use in the library


  • Breastfeeding Welcome
  • Photocopier