New home, new opening hours for Central Library


Plymouth’s Central Library will have new opening hours when it arrives in its new home at the end of the month.

The library is moving from Drake Circus to Armada Way, to make way for the £32 million History Centre and provide a more modern and accessible facility.

The current library will close at 8pm on Thursday 17 March and there will be a short period of closure before the new library welcomes its first customers at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March. This will allow staff to pack up and move stock to the library’s new home.

Customers will be able to use Plymouth’s 16 other libraries and access online services as normal – including e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines, as well as online renewals.

When the new library opens it will have slightly revised opening hours, along with the city’s three other main libraries in Plympton, Plymstock and St Budeaux.

From Tuesday 29 March, opening hours at these libraries will be:

Monday: 8.30am to 6pm
Tuesday: 8.30am to 6pm
Wednesday: 8.30am to 6pm
Thursday: 8.30am to 8pm
Friday: 8.30am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Transformation, said: “The big move is now imminent and we’re really looking forward to opening the doors to the new library at the end of the month. We’ve worked hard to keep the closure period to a minimum and are reminding people they can use all our other libraries and online services during this time.

“We’ve made some small changes to our opening hours in response to initial take-up of our extended customer service times. The libraries will still be open for the same number of hours each week but should better meet customer demand.” 

The same opening hours will be introduced at the Council’s contact centre, 1st Stop Shop and Register Office in May – further details will follow nearer the time.

See our website for more information about Plymouth’s libraries, including locations and opening hours.