Libraries reopening

Updated 22/07/2021

All libraries are now open longer and open for browsing with no appointment needed

All libraries are now open for browsing, on limited hours. We will be restoring hours and services more over the next few weeks. Please check back here for details. The home library service continues to operate.

At all libraries, you are able to:

You will not, at this stage, at any library, be able to:

  • use wifi
  • use toilets
  • look at newspapers or magazines
  • use study tables or spaces
  • attend activities

To keep everyone safe during your visit, please:

  • do not visit us if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • wear a face covering, unless exempt
  • use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands before and after your visit
  • help support everyone by maintaining a distance between yourself and others
  • be patient if you need to queue, staff are on hand to help
  • ensure children are accompanied by an adult
  • scan in on entry

All of our events, activities and rhymetimes are cancelled until further notice.

We will keep updating this page with latest updates

You can access a huge range of ebooks, eaudio and emagazines at

The current status of all library sites is below and will be regularly updated.

Reading CentralTemporary limited opening : 10am -4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 10am – 3pm Saturday
CavershamTemporary limited opening: 9am – 2pm Tuesday, 1 – 5pm Thursday, 9am – 2pm Friday, 10am -3pm Saturday
TilehurstTemporary limited opening: 9am – 1pm Monday, 1 – 5pm Thursday, 10am – 3pm Saturday
BattleTemporary limited opening: 1 -5pm Tuesday, 9am – 12 noon Friday, 10am – 3pm Saturday
Palmer ParkTemporary limited opening: 9am to 12 noon and 1 – 4pm Tuesday, 9am to 12 noon Wednesday, 9am to 12 noon and 1 – 4pm Thursday
SouthcoteTemporary limited opening: 9am to 12 noon and 1 – 4pm Tuesday, 9am to 12 noon Friday, 10am to 1pm Saturday
WhitleyTemporary limited opening: 9am to 12 noon and 1 – 4pm Tuesdays, 9am to 12 noon and 1 – 4pm Thursdays