Central Library

All Reading libraries are open as normal, see www.reading.gov.uk/libraries for opening and information.

For the latest on rhymetimes, see www.reading.gov.uk/rhymetimes

Visit www.reading.gov.uk/libraryrestart for the latest information - and https://www.youtube.com/c/ReadingCouncilNews/videos to see our story and rhyme videos. Stay safe.

Services we provide:

  • Books - fiction and non-fiction, adult and children, large print
  • Books in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Italian, Marathi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu
  • Spoken word CDs and cassettes
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs
  • Local studies library
  • National and local newspapers
  • Wide range of magazines
  • Photocopier
  • Free Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Music scores
  • Vocal and play sets
  • Study space
  • Toy Library

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.

Throughout the school holidays activities arranged for children and families see website for more details.



Who to contact

0118 9375950 0118 9375950
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Where to go

Reading Central Library
Abbey Square
Directions to RG1 3BQ

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday; closed Wednesdays, Sundays and bank holidays
Time of day
Session Information
Monday: 10am- 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Wednesday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed


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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.


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Family Information Service

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