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Library book order and collect service

Find out how to order and collect books whilst we remain closed. For all other service changes, go to our service updates page.

Leicester Central Library

The library has books to borrow, free access to computers and information. It’s free to join so why not come along and see what we have for you?

Central Library currently closed

The Central Library is currently closed whilst our staff provide support to other council services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Leicester.

Opening times

Days Opening hours
Monday 9.30am - 7pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 7pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 7pm
Thursday 9.30am - 7pm
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday Closed

Specific to Central Library

This library has some services and materials which are only available here. These are as follows: 

  • Electoral register (full version) for Leicester (all libraries have the local register)
  • Access to Ancestry Online libraries edition
  • Law and legislation including UK Acts of Parliament (predating all acts being available online)
  • Stretton Collection: books and memorabilia relating to British railway development from the 19th Century (Available to view by prior arrangement)
  • Microfiche and microfilm reader printer
  • Colour Photocopier

Computers and internet


The library is on two floors, accessible via a lift or stairs. It has a wide front entrance with an accessible entrance with ramp adjacent to the main entrance. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor for use with a Radar key. We also have large keys keyboards and trackballs.

For Children and Young People

  • Children's books for all ages, from babies to young adults
  • Toddler Time every Friday 10am - 12 noon
  • Baby changing facilities

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Contact us

Ring us: 0116 299 5401
Write to us: Bishop Street, LE1 6AA
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