Libraries reopening

We have re-opened Reading Central Library from 27 July for limited services. It will be great to see you again, we've missed you.

You will be able to:

  • collect items you have ordered where we have confirmed a collection slot for you (you can order online or phone orders through on 0118 937 5950)
  • return items through the bookdrop at the front of the building
  • book appointments to use computers - you will need to book at least 24 hours in advance on 0118 937 5950
  • attend prebooked visa verification appointments

Access to all services other than book return is through the rear entrance on Abbey Square, accessed by going round the building from Kings Road entrance. Access is via 1st floor and exit via ground floor, all spaces are fully accessible and the lift is in operation.

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

  • browse shelves
  • use wifi
  • use toilets
  • look at newspapers or magazines
  • use study tables or spaces 

Opening hours at Central Library 

  • Monday 10am to 3pm
  • Tuesday 10am to 3pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 10am to 3pm
  • Friday 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday 10am to 3pm

All other branches remain closed.

To keep everyone safe during your visit, please:

  • do not visit us if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • only come if you have booked (unless you are just returning items)
  • wear a face covering, these are mandatory from 8 August
  • help everyone maintain a minimum 2m distance
  • be patient if you need to queue, staff are on hand to help
  • use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands before and after your visit
  • ensure children are accompanied by an adult
  • note that we will operate NHS Test and Trace

We hope to be able to introduce browsing soon.

Our events, activities and rhymetimes are cancelled until further notice.

We will confirm reopening plans for other libraries by September.

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

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