Our open libraries

We have opened a number of our libraries for our new Staff Picks service, socially distanced bookshelf browsing, pre-booked study space (where possible), PC and WiFi sessions.

The following libraries are open, please check the individual library pages for their opening and closing times.

Find out when our other libraries will be opening.

Our libraries will have all COVID-19 safety measures in place when you visit.

Staff Picks

If you are unsure what to read next or would prefer to collect books without browsing the shelves at one of our open libraries, you might like to use our Staff Picks service.

Staff Picks is simply letting us select a variety of library books from the shelves on your behalf, based on your tastes and preferences.

How our staff picks works

Let us know what sort of books or audiobooks you enjoy and which of our open libraries you want to pick your items up from.

You can do this by simply completing the form and we’ll do the rest.

You can ask us to choose up to 10 books or audiobooks on your behalf. We will contact you when they are ready, and you can then collect them from the open library of your choice. The loan period is for 3 weeks on all items issued through Staff Picks.

Complete our Staff Picks form

If you’d prefer not to use the online form, call 03000 41 31 31 to speak to a member of staff.

Sandgate Library has a different staff picks process, find out how staff picks works at Sandgate Library.

Returning your books

Books can be returned to any of our open libraries with drop boxes or return bins outside.


Charges for overdue items will be applied to books taken out via the Staff Picks service. We are offering loan periods of 3 weeks.

How to make a payment

When paying, please use our card payment machines if possible.

If a card payment machine is not available at the counter, the charges can then be paid via one of our self-service kiosks or online via your library account.

Cash payments can be made at our self-service kiosks.