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Central Library

Central Library
Central Library

Abbey Square
Reading
RG1 3BQ

0118 901 5950

Location of Central Library and how to get there

 

 

 

Opening times

DayTimes
Monday10am to 5pm
Tuesday10am to 7pm
Wednesday10am to 5pm
Thursday10am to 7pm
Friday10am to 5pm
Saturday10am to 5pm
Sundays and bank holidaysClosed

Check our Twitter feed or Facebook page for our Christmas and Easter opening times.

Services we provide:

  • Books - fiction and non-fiction, adult and children, large print
  • Books in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Italian, Marathi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu
  • Spoken word CDs and cassettes
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs
  • Local studies library
  • National and local newspapers
  • Wide range of magazines
  • Photocopier
  • Free internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Music scores
  • Vocal and play sets
  • Study space
  • Toy Library - reserve and pick up small items
  • Elevate - help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring for 16 to 24 year olds.

Events at Central Library:

 

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Board Games Club - every Tuesday - groups and individuals welcome, games provided. Free event, just drop in.
Starting on 01 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 01 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Wednesday
Starting on 02 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Thursday
Starting on 03 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 03 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 05 Aug 17 at 10:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Saturday
Starting on 05 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Italian Rhymetime - every 1st Saturday of the month
Starting on 05 Aug 17 at 11:30 for 1 hour
Rhymetime - every Monday (except bank holidays)
Starting on 07 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
German Rhymetime - every 1st Monday of the month
Starting on 07 Aug 17 at 11:30 for 1 hour
Crafts for Children - Japanese Crafts (NO NEED TO BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A NURSERY)
Starting on 08 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Board Games Club - every Tuesday - groups and individuals welcome, games provided. Free event, just drop in.
Starting on 08 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 08 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Wednesday
Starting on 09 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Thursday
Starting on 10 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 10 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 12 Aug 17 at 10:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Saturday
Starting on 12 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Monday (except bank holidays)
Starting on 14 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Board Games Club - every Tuesday - groups and individuals welcome, games provided. Free event, just drop in.
Starting on 15 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Crafts for Children - Silly Summer Fun (NO NEED TO BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A NURSERY)
Starting on 15 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 15 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Wednesday
Starting on 16 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Thursday
Starting on 17 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 17 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 19 Aug 17 at 10:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Saturday
Starting on 19 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Monday (except bank holidays)
Starting on 21 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Board Games Club - every Tuesday - groups and individuals welcome, games provided. Free event, just drop in.
Starting on 22 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Crafts for Children - Hama Bead Crafting (NO NEED TO BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A NURSERY)
Starting on 22 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 22 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Wednesday
Starting on 23 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Rhymetime - every Thursday
Starting on 24 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 24 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 26 Aug 17 at 10:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Saturday
Starting on 26 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Animal Agents Family Fun Session - Crafts and activities for children aged 5 – 11. FREE. NO NEED TO BOOK
Starting on 26 Aug 17 at 11:30 for 210 minutes
Rhymetime - every Monday (except bank holidays)
Starting on 28 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Crafts for Children - Salt Dough Craft Session (NO NEED TO BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A NURSERY)
Starting on 29 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Board Games Club - every Tuesday - groups and individuals welcome, games provided. Free event, just drop in.
Starting on 29 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 1 hour
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 29 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
Rhymetime - every Wednesday
Starting on 30 Aug 17 at 10:30 for 30 minutes
Reading Voluntary Action Digital Champions
Starting on 31 Aug 17 at 14:00 for 2 hours
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