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Bath Central Library

19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AN

(The Podium Centre is at the junction of Northgate Street and Broad Street. The Central Library is immediately to the left of the main entrance of the Podium.)

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Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 5pm
Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm

Please note, opening hours will be 10.00am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 10.00am to 4.30pm on Friday until 4 April 2022.

What you can do

Self-service kiosks and computers are available, to enable you to access library services to borrow, renew, or return library items. Library staff can help to get you started, if you have trouble using these facilities.

You can also access a range of digital resources, including volunteers who can support you with all kinds of digital challenges.

What's on at the library

Events and activities

In person events
Event Day and time Dates
Storytime Sessions Tuesday 10.30am to 11am 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2022
Storytime Sessions Thursday 12pm to 12.30pm 5, 12, 19, 26 May 2022
Animal Lighthouse Storytime and Craft with Anthony Burt (book free ticket online) Wednesday, 10.30am to 11.30am 4 May 2022
YS Enquiring, STEM Group, Fasten Your Seatbelts (Ages 7-12) Saturday, 2pm to 4pm 14 May 2022
Art in the Library - Shane Feeney, Impressionistic Paintings of Bath and Landscape Monday to Saturday 3 to 27 May 2022
Dungeons and Dragons Group (all ages) Saturday, 2pm to 4pm 7, 14, 21, 28 May 2022
Read Easy, a Reading Friends Group (adults only) Enquire for date and time  
Employment and Skills Drop-in Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 11am  

You can book free tickets to events through our Libraries blog.

Social media events

Our social media events take place across all of our social media channels.

Social media events
Event Dates
Unboxed Festival March to October 2022
Local and Community History Month 1 to 31 May 2022
National Walking Month 1 to 31 May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week 9 to 15 May 2022
Dementia Action Week 16 to 22 May 2022
Elmer Day 28 May 2022

Online events

Online events
Event Date/time Event type Suitable for
Hooked on Books 'New Adult' (Fantasy) Wednesday 18 May 2022, 6pm to 7pm Book group Adults
Bath Bloodhounds Crime Book Group Thursday 26 May 2022 Book group Adults

Other facilities

  • Public toilets available elsewhere in the Podium Centre
  • Free wifi
  • Free computers
  • Exhibition/meeting space available for hire
  • Colour and black and white printing
  • Photocopying