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Discover something new at your library during Libraries Week

From famous authors to bedtime stories, coding clubs to online resources, there’s lots to discover in Plymouth during Libraries Week. The event, which runs from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, is an annual UK-wide showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. One of the highlights of our week will be a visit by bestselling […]


Lunch at the Library launches

Children can feed their minds and tummies this summer as our library service joins up with CATERed and its Big Summer Food Tour for Lunch at the Library. Every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a pop-up library at the Four Greens Centre in Whitleigh, children and families can enjoy a […]


Plymouth school pupils meet comedian and author Julian Clary

Comedian and children’s author Julian Clary visited on Friday for an event at the Guildhall organised by our Library Service to Schools. Julian was talking about his series of books featuring The Bolds, about a family of hyenas living in disguise as humans in an ordinary suburban street. Over 800 children attended the event, which also […]

Julian Clary talking to children at Plymouth Guildhall

Consultation closes on draft Plan for Libraries

Almost 3,750 responses were received as part of our recent consultation on proposals to modernise Plymouth’s library services.  Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to make better use of resources and meet customers’ needs in more flexible ways. It includes proposals to invest in a smaller but better network of libraries so that they are all […]


Last chance to share your views on draft plans for Plymouth’s libraries

If you’ve not yet shared your views on plans to modernise the way library services are delivered in Plymouth you have just one week left. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the library, occasionally download eBooks online or don’t even have a membership card we want to hear from you. Visitor numbers and lending figures […]


Libraries and CATERed team up to feed children’s tummies and minds this summer

Our library service has been awarded £56,026 from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to work with CATERed to increase access to library services and a healthy meal during the summer holidays. Library staff will be joining CATERed on its Big Summer Food Tour at locations across Plymouth to promote the benefits of library […]


Plymouth Central Library up for major award

Plymouth’s Central Library has been shortlisted for the Bookseller magazine’s Library of the Year award. It is the second year in a row that a Plymouth library has been up for one of the British Book Awards. The Central Library, which moved to its current location in March 2016, has proved a real success, with […]


Plan for Libraries: Our five key priorities

As part of our draft Plan for Libraries we want to ensure everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Some parts of the city currently benefit from much better library facilities than others, with some residents being completely without […]


Plan for Libraries: Providing a citywide network of quality libraries

One of the main aims of our draft Plan for Libraries is to ensure that everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Many of our current buildings are not fit-for-purpose and have little or no scope for improvement – […]


Plan for Libraries: what we mean by ‘outreach’

As part of our Plan for Libraries we’re proposing to invest in a smaller network of high-quality libraries that are welcoming and vibrant, where our customers can expect the same great experience and services we see at the popular Central Library. Everyone will be within two miles of a library building and whichever one you […]


Plan for Libraries – have your say

Consultation has now begun on proposals to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to modernise the city’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. We have a network of 17 libraries […]


New chapter for Central Library

Youngsters from the Cathedral School of St Mary were given a special sneak peek at Plymouth’s new Central Library today, ahead of its opening next week. The new library, which opens its doors to the public at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March, provides a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city […]

One of the children from Cathedral School of St Mary getting a special sneak peek at the new Central Library

Plympton Library in line for major award

Plympton Library has been shortlisted for one of the country’s major publishing gongs, the British Book Industry Awards. The commitment and enthusiasm of the library’s staff has been recognised in the award that celebrates the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it. They have been going the extra mile to put […]


Refurbishment work starts at new Central Library

Work to create a new Central Library in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre is now under way. Vacant retail and bank units on the corner of Armada Way and Mayflower Street are being converted to create a more modern, flexible and welcoming library that will replace the one in Drake Circus. As well as […]


Naval collection on the move

Plymouth Central Library’s extensive naval history collection is moving to Devonport Library this weekend. The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. It is moving to Devonport ahead of the relocation of the Central Library and eventually being homed in […]


Plans for new Central Library move forward

Plans for a new central library in the heart of Plymouth city centre have take a step forward following approval of a contract to refurbish former shops in Armada Way. The new Central Library will replace the current library in North Hill, making way for the £25 million History Centre which is due to open […]


Have your say on the new Central Library

Plymouth City Council has published plans for the layout of the new Central Library and is asking people to give feedback. Earlier in the year the Council announced plans to move the Central Library from North Hill to Taylor Maxwell House on Mayflower Street and revealed plans to co-design the interior of the space with […]


New central library to be opened in Plymouth city centre

Plymouth City councillors are set to approve funding for a new flagship library in the heart of the city centre. The new central library in Mayflower Street would replace the current library in North Hill, making way for the £25 million History Centre which is due to open in 2020. The Council’s ambition is to […]


Talking rubbish and recycling near you

Council staff are out and about in the next few weeks to spread the ‘New Year new bin day’ message. A number of community events are being organised across the city so that people can chat about the new arrangements that will come in on January 19. The roadshows are a chance to ask questions […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


Pirate fun at Devonport Library

Families are being invited to get into nautical fancy dress for a day of fun pirate capers at Devonport Library on Saturday 4 October. Hosted in partnership with the River Tamar Project and supported by Working Links, the Pirate Day is one of the highlights of the It’s All About the River film festival, running […]


Get e-books for free with your library card

Library members in Plymouth will soon be able to get e-books and audiobooks for free using their library cards. From Monday 7 July, anyone with a smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop or other digital device with an internet browser will be able to enjoy a range of best-selling novels, well-known classics, autobiographies and more. The service […]


Joining forces to promote books to service families

Plymouth City Council is teaming up with children’s author Kathryn White and national shared reading initiative Reading Force to promote books to youngsters from service families. A special event is being held at Plymstock Library on Saturday 7 June to celebrate National Bookstart Week and encourage forces parents and carers to share books with their little ones. The event […]


Make a noise at the library

Plymouth City Council’s staff choir raised the roof at the Central Library yesterday in support of this year’s Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight. The annual campaign is organised by the RNIB and brings public libraries together with blind and partially sighted people in an effort to improve access to books and information. A number of […]


Celebrate favourite children’s stories next half term

Plymouth libraries will be hosting free story and craft sessions for five to 11-year-olds next half term holiday, celebrating classic children’s books. Staff will share stories including the tale of Pinocchio and his growing nose, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland and Jack’s adventures up the beanstalk. There’s a chance to go along to […]


Free digital magazines now on offer to Plymouth library members

Library members in Plymouth can now read digital magazines for free using their library cards. The Council’s library service has signed up to Zinio – a digital magazine download service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere in the world. Anyone with a library card and internet access can use […]