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Plymouth Central Library

Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AL, England
01752 305900
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Ranked #62 of 118 attractions in Plymouth
Type: Libraries
Owner description: Opened in 1910 and reopened in 1956 after wartime damage, this is Plymouth's main public library.Conveniently located next door to the City Museum and... more » Owner description: Opened in 1910 and reopened in 1956 after wartime damage, this is Plymouth's main public library.Conveniently located next door to the City Museum and Art Gallery, the library boasts a comprehensive collection of books, DVDs and CDs for borrowing.The Scott Room offers free computer access to residents (a small charge for visitors), « less
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

In my final year of study at Plymouth University, I made extensive use of Plymouth Central Library. For my creative writing dissertation, I wrote three short stories for girls aged 9 – 11. I wanted to use Jacqueline Wilson’s novels to contextualise my work, and I found an extensive range of her works available at Plymouth Central Library as well... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I use the library often, for general reading, borrowing and research, but not all staff are equally helpful, to put it mildly. There are some much more enthusiastic than others, others to avoid at all costs. Some of the smaller libraries are much more interesting, vibrant, enjoyable to visit and have lovely enthusiastic and engaged staff - time for some... More

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Chris G, General Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your review. My teams and I are working hard to improve the library service. Less positive feedback really helps us to identify the areas which need most attention. I shall be discussing your comments with the Central Library team because you raise important issues. More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I rarely feel enthused by Plymouth Central Library. As I do a fair amount of research I have occasionally used the History Room but was put off by a rather bossy Library Assistant who scuttled around with importance and was very talkative. I suspect that space has been her empire for many years and I felt I was back at... More

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Chris G, General Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your review, and I do apologise for how long it has taken me to reply. My teams and I are working hard to improve the library service. Less positive feedback really helps us to identify the areas which need most attention. More

Cornwall
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335 reviews 335 reviews
112 attraction reviews
2,068 helpful votes 2,068 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is Plymouth's only decent biggish public library. It is used a fair bit upstairs but the lending part on the ground floor is woefully under used, despite some major rejigging a couple of years ago. That maybe because so many people have home Internet access and a lot of fiction can be downloaded for peanuts, maybe also because so... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you review which hits so many nails right on the head. We have loads of photos of the interior for Flickr and Facebook, but need to put some on TripAdvisor. More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I use the library regularly as a pace to study for my degree. I used to sit in the quiet room, but it was populated by people who don't know how to turn their phones off, people who think it is okay to play games on their phones with the volume turned up and staff wandering through seemingly thinking it... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

I'm really sorry that you've had problems with noise levels in the Quiet Room. Having the Meeting Room next to the Quiet Room is far from ideal, as it means that users and staff have to walk through one to reach the other. I'll spend some time working in the Quiet Room and monitor the noise levels. More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
74 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We went to the library to watch the film Skyfall and I was impressed at how good it was.Unfortunately the chairs are all on one level so there was a bit of juggling around to get a good view but it was fun. I find the staff and the facilities at the library are first class and nothing is too... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thanks, Sonia. I'm glad you enjoyed the free film show. You're quite right about the seating and we do try to lay it out so everyone gets the best possible view in the circumstances. More

Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Good library, friendly staff. Although i did have to wait a while as all the staff were dealing with other people. But once seen the chap was very swift in registering me and helping me with my request.

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Chris G, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thanks, Louise. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and that joining was a good experience for you. More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I go to the library regularly but I have noticed that its numbers are dropping during the day. This is a shame as its trying really hard to keep up with the times, and has allsorts of resources available, so visit it yourself and enjoy what it has to offer!

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Chris G, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

You're right about the drop in numbers, Mike, and it's something we're working hard to address. It's most noticeable downstairs in the lending area; upstairs where the computers are it's just as busy as it always was. The reasons are complex but it's really great to have your support. Thank you. More

Tavistock, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

brilliant brilliant brilliant, you could so easily spend the whole day in there, its on many levels, help is on hand if you need it, its got the lot ................................

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Webrarian, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I'm really pleased you've enjoyed your visits. We're now offering "Behind The Scenes" tours on Saturdays - completely free - and we'd love to see you there. They are proving very popular. Just speak to a colleague in the History Room on the first floor to book. More

Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
59 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

we always visit when ever we are in Plymouth for the day, just to sit and have a break from the hustle, our children love the selection of books for kids and the atmosphere is lovely , restful and inviting we love it.

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Webrarian, Manager at Plymouth Central Library, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for TripAdvisor. I'm really pleased that you like the new atmosphere we've tried to create. We aim to be many things, but a haven of peace in the busy city centre is one of the top ones. More

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