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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, Tuesday, and Thursday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm
Friday 9am 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

You can view our in-person events and activities at Bath Central Library on our events calendar

Social media events

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

Online events

You can view our online library events and activities on our events calendar

Help and advice

Help and advice services
Service Day and time Further information
Read Easy Monday to Friday, appointment only. Helping adults learn to read. Call 07976 160838 to book.
Breastfeeding Support Group Drop-In Ad hoc Tuesdays. Bath La Leche League offers friendly breastfeeding support. Please ask a member of staff or call Council Connect for the date of the next session.
Employment and Skills Drop-In Tuesday, 11am to 1pm Get support, information and advice with CVs, employment and training from local partner organisations including: Future Bright, Curo Work Wise, Employment and Skills Pod, Bath College, Cool Ventures and We Work For Everyone.
Home Energy Advice and Information Drop-In First Thursday of the month, 11am to 2pm Experts from the Centre for Sustainable Energy offering help and advice on how to reduce your bills, insulate your home, or add energy efficiency measures
Volunteering and Wellbeing Service Drop-In First Thursday of the month, 10am to 12pm Volunteering opportunities and mental health support.

Other facilities

  • Public toilets available elsewhere in the Podium Centre
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free computers
  • Exhibition/meeting space available for hire
  • Lego Lab
  • Sensory Space
  • Colour and black and white printing
  • Photocopying

Our printers and photocopiers only accept coins. Unfortunately we are not able to provide change, so please bring coins with you if you want to use this service.