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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at or

Library Services in Reading

Please note that all libraries are open, however:

You will need an appointment to visit and opening times are temporarily lower than normal.

Information is at

You can borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines at

Use Reading Libraries Online Learning to practise the Driving Theory and Citizenship tests.  Follow the link for the full list of online learning services.

You are welcome into any of our libraries to read a newspaper, join our rhymetimes for pre-school children  or work on your own.  Internet & wi-fi are free, but you must have a library card.  Bring proof of signature to sign up.  If you also bring proof of address, you can borrow books, CDs and DVDs.  Sign up online for ebooks.

Special activities throughout school holidays for families see individual libraries for more information.


Who to contact

Battle - 0118 901 5100
Central - 0118 901 5950
Tilehurst - 0118 901 5112
Southcote - 0118 901 5109
Caversham - 0118 901 5103
Palmer Park - 0118 901 5106
Whitley - 0118 901 5115

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Please visit the library pages to find out more about opening times

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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.