Liverpool Central Library

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Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Central Library reading room. Image by Austin Smith Lord

Liverpool’s Grade II-listed Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in the city and sits alongside a string of other, similarly magnificent Neo-Classical venues on William Brown Street: World Museum Liverpool, St. George’s Hall and the Walker Art Gallery. With sections of the building dating back to 1850 (including the circular Picton Reading Room, whose acoustics make page-turning a thing of noisy, echoing wonder), the building was restored to historic glory in 2013 thanks to a £50m refurbishment.

William Brown StreetLiverpoolL3 8EN View map
Telephone: 0151 233 5835 Visit Now

Accessibility

Fully accessible

Admission Charges

Free

Services and Facilities

Full library, digital archives, events space, cafe

Opening Hours

  • Monday9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Liverpool Central Library

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Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions
Is This Thing On? at Shakespeare North Playhouse
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Is This Thing On? at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Meet flatmates Mary and Liz, one a musician and the other a poet, as they battle over integrity, ownership, the spotlight and whose turn it is to buy the f*cking toilet roll. As their friendship reaches boiling point, one fateful open mic night forces them to confront each other over whose right it is to tell someone’s story.

from £5

Where to go near Liverpool Central Library

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Gallery
Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery is a small but perfectly formed traditional gallery. It houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from 13th century to present day. 

O2 Academy music venue in Liverpool.
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Music venue
O2 Academy Liverpool

O2 Academy Liverpool (formerly the L2 and Carling Academy Liverpool) boasts two performance areas that host live music and clubnights.

City Centre
Theatre
Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre stages mostly home-grown comedies, somewhat mannered and self-conscious reflections of an inward-looking city.

City Centre
Theatre
Liverpool Playhouse

The Liverpool Playhouse theatre retains much of its 1911 structure, and has a varied programme of events from a rock’n’roll panto, to live poetry and comedy.

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