Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Central Library
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A major public library and archive service in a building with a unique blend of old and new architecture dating back to 1860. It is free and fully accessible to visit and there are excellent facilities throughout. It includes a Tourist Information Centre, cafe, free Wi-Fi and computers, printing, study spaces, bookable meeting rooms, and a roof terrace. There are books for lending, including graphic novels, large print and audio books, language courses, CDs and DVDs. There is a children's library in a transformed historic space with a large collection of books. Free events are put on during school holidays. There are extensive reference collections, some of which are housed in the magnificent circular Picton Reading Room. Special collections and rare books are held in the historic Oak Room and Hornby Library where exhibitions can be seen. Extensive archives from the 13th century onwards are held and family and local history can be researched. There is also a Business and IP Centre.
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  • canuckduet
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building, worth a walk through
    Fun sidewalk to the front door, with book titles stamped in the sidewalk all the way up. Very modern and light inside, until you go to the Picton Reading Room and the Oak Room. They are a magical step back into the past. Great to see the reading room so well used.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 14, 2023
  • James_Sam
    Derby, United Kingdom557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing piece of architectural design!
    An “off the record” place to visit with the Picton Reading room. The Picton Reading room is perfectly circular with books on 3 levels and tables for reading/internet access in the middle. An amazing piece of architecture often overlooked within Liverpool.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • C9131HYcarolinew
    Prudhoe, United Kingdom110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just beautiful
    What a fabulous building - absolutely stunning for both locals and visitors. The Picton Reading Room is incredible and truly ‘old style’ and modern at the same time being a largely silent study space with some wonderful rare books available. We would have happily spent many hours there.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Régis Gauthier
    Rennes, France29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great library
    I recently visited Liverpool Central Library, and I was really impressed. It is a beautiful and historic building, and it is home to a vast collection of books, manuscripts, and other materials. The library was built in 1860, and it is one of the oldest public libraries in the United Kingdom. The building is made of red sandstone, and it has a neo-classical design. It is a Grade I listed building, which means that it is considered to be of special architectural or historic interest.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Movious
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Cultural Hub
    We visited the Library on a very wet Saturday afternoon. Not only were we out of the rain, but also in a wonderful, vibrant space, a superb blend of old and new. It was great to see so many young people at work and socialising in such a well-planned and accessible facility. This is a model of what libraries could aspire to all over Britain. We loved our visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Win Task
    Bedford, United Kingdom1,123 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    Lovely quiet place for study. Massive treasure of books available for study. Charging sockets available at floor. Quite modern building with nice atmosphere. What thing I love more is top dome with amazing ceiling architecture. Plenty of stair cases making it more attractive. There's a cafe downstairs in hall.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • 102Wallace
    Ayrshire, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful modern interior and a 4th floor roof terrace with a great city view.
    It's worth going in to the Central Library if you're in the area - it's close to Lime Street Station, the World Museum and the city art gallery. The new part of the library is architecturally amazing but you have to go inside to appreciate it - it's full of light and space. Take the lift up to the fourth floor - there's an outside viewing gallery with amazing views over the city. Great for getting your bearings!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2024
  • cltc43
    Bristol, United Kingdom932 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Utterly amazing!
    This is an absolutely amazing complex, easily missed from the outside. With some eye-catching modern areas and some very old parts, the architecture is staggering. It’s totally free to wander around and drink in the atmosphere, whilst large numbers of students and others work hard at the reading and computer stations.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2024
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Leah
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Went to study with a few friends and was spoken to in such a condescending way by a member of staff. Forgot my library card with my PC log in on so went to the desk to ask if there was another way I could use the computers. Staff member was reluctant to help me using a very passive-aggressive tone and expecting me to know he needed to see my ID even though I had gone to the desk to find out a way to gain access?

My friend was also charging their laptop using a plug for the computer they were sitting at as they could not find any others. The same staff member came over, bent down to eye level and said "You didn't unplug that computer did you", to which they replied "Yes? I couldn't find any plugs to charge my laptop" and the staff member replied "If you actually look, you will find them".

Words don't do this justice for how rude these interactions were on the staff member's part and it left us so annoyed because we had in no way provoked the attitude we received from this staff member. I know we look young but I don't expect to be spoken to like a child, in my 20s. If you don't like people- don't work in a community establishment involving people? Literally will not be returning because of this man.
Written June 9, 2022
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Diana M
Liverpool, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great building and a brilliant mix of old and new, the reading room is spectacular, you can walk all the way round it and go up the iron staircases up to the raised level. The new part is equally as outstanding architecturally and it is great to look up to as you enter the building. The book selection is brilliant and there is a nice cafe on the ground floor, well worth a visit just to look round.
Written February 5, 2020
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Written February 6, 2020
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WHIPPIT_11
Isle of Wight, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Every City should have a library like this one , is totally out of this world .
Absolutely nothing is missing even the view from the top.
PC's , Newspapers , endless books from every corner of the world , topped of with super helpful and amazing staff .
Liverpool is a gorgeous amazing unique city , and this just adds to its history and attention to historic detail the city offers , new and old.
I just love visiting this City .
YNWA
Written March 26, 2020
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Thank you.
Written March 30, 2020
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Tiamaria04
Bedworth, UK255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
An amazing place to visit. The central staircase is awesome we didn’t go to the top because we wanted to explore the old part of the library. The old books, the size of them, the rooms,the wooden shelving the radiator covers, the decor and the smell of books, we just loved the whole experience.
From the modern to going back so far in time and bringing it all together it’s unbelievable.
Written February 29, 2020
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Written March 9, 2020
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LesleyScarborough
Scarborough, United Kingdom1,230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Like the Curate's Egg it's good in parts. Wow factor on entering, but the cafe at the entrance is shut up and the library assistant I asked had no idea when it would reopen and wasn't very interested in helping me. She confirmed there was no coffee machine. Unbelievable for such a large library. The fiction area was surprisingly small, the Reading Room superb with a wonderful atmosphere, the Children's Library was vast and unappealing, the 50+ computers in the IT area were being well used, the non-fiction looked well stocked (especially Music) and the Archives floor also looked appealing. The roof terrace was closed to the surprise of the assistant on the floor below who went to find out the reason for this and was told it was because of 'security issues'. Overall this library could do better.
Written May 11, 2022
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Khaldon
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Despite being a great library, it is shame that such a library located in a multicultural city like Liverpool has canceled the palace that was dedicated to pray, because of COVID-19, till this day. I am a Muslim who is proud of belonging to this marvelous city(Liverpool), I spend hours in the Liverpool Central liberary, I think with good hygiene measurements and safety instructions the praying room could be re-open. I am looking forward to seeing the prayer room open again. Thank you.
Written January 13, 2022
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Khaldon
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A great t place to read and study and excellent staff; actually it is my best place to study. However, after COVID-19 I don't feel comfortable in the library due to the internal rules and restrictions. Though, the whole country come-back to the normality. The library not yet, the rules such as mask while reading and studying, and no drinks even my water bottle; make me feel unwelcome or that the library management were forced to open it and they are in indirect way forcing me to not staying for long time in the library. I am a big fan of Liverpool Central Library and I wish that they reconsider giving as liberty considering social distance, would be great. Thank you for your understanding.it is not a negative feed-back it is a suggestion from a person who respect and love Liverpool Central Library.
Written September 11, 2021
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Christine
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Library location and set up is amazing and really comfortable unfortunately I do not think the user of library some are not very quiet and the staff is doing nothing about it. I am referring to full grown adults not kids. Why people go to library is well known fact to revise and find peace and quiet to do so.
I was here on Saturday and absolute disgusting as groups of lads is not quiet on top floor and also on second floor there is a person actuslly humming out loud on music ???
Written September 16, 2023
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Dawn P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
I visited the library yesterday with my granddaughter Florence to see a play called The Liver bird . The play was a lovely story a contemporary fairy tale . With a great performance from characters Charlie and Grandma Bailey.
The library has so much to offer and the activities for children were especially good . Florence joined an activity which helped her to create a poem about her cat Billy .
I will be looking out for what’s on next and definitely be paying more visits.
Written September 19, 2021
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Khaldon
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Despite being an excellent library, I cannot give it 5 stars as many people(especially young) who come to chat insisted of studying or reading. you can hear people chatting and laughing throughout the library when walking to find a quiet area to read and study.
I highly recommend the library management to keep one area or floor for such activity and the rest of the library silent areas.

Thank you Liverpool Central Library for all the provided support to the community.
Written June 1, 2022
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