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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

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
Art in the Library - Kate Davies, Penny Ives, Nadine Wickenden Monday to Saturday 2 August to 8 September 2022
National Playday, Pennyquick Park, Twerton, Family Fun Drop In with the Library Wednesday 1pm to 4pm 3 August 2022
Page One - Creative Writing Group, ages 18 and over (tickets via Eventbrite) Saturday, 10.30am to 11.30am 6 August to 8 October 2022
Read Easy, a Reading Friends Group (adults only) Enquire for date and time  
Knit Two, Share One, knitting and crochet group (all ages and abilities) Thursdays 10am to 12pm 4, 11, 18, 25 August 2022
Employment and Skills Drop-in Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August 2022
Summer Reading Challenge: Gadgeteers (ages 4 to 11) Monday to Saturday 9 July to 3 September 2022

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

Please visit our website to find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and see our full list of events..

Social media events

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

Social media events
Event Dates
Summer Reading Challenge: Gadgeteers (ages 4 to 11) July to September 2022

Online events

Online events
Event Date/time Event type Suitable for
Hooked on Books 'New Adult' (Fantasy) Wednesday 31 August 2022, 6pm to 7pm Book group Adults
Bath Bloodhounds Crime Book Group Thursday 25 August 2022, 6pm to 7pm 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