COVID-19 service changes

Following the Government announcement that Southampton will move into Tier 2 restrictions, Southampton City Libraries are delighted to reintroduce browsing and pre-booked study spaces from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Services available at your local library

Central, Bitterne, Lordshill, Shirley, Portswood and Woolston libraries will offer returns, book browsing, pre-booked public computer access and study space, photocopying and printing alongside our Select and Collect services.

Burgess Road Library will offer returns, pre-booked public computer access and a Select and Collect Service.

Cobbett Hub & Library will offer returns and a Select and Collect service.

YMCA Weston Community will offer returns, book browsing and a Select and Collect service.

 Millbrook Community and Thornhill Community libraries remain closed.

Current opening hours can be found at the bottom of this page.

Returning items

No overdue fees will be charged until further notice.

Return bins remain available at the entrances of libraries for those wishing to just return items quickly. All returned books are quarantined for 72 hours and borrower accounts may not show returned items for 5 working days.

Library browsing

We are delighted to welcome customers back to browse for books. With fewer people allowed in the library at one time to enable social distancing, browsing will be limited to a 30-minute stay. We ask that any books you have handled whilst browsing are placed on tables or areas labelled for this purpose and not returned to shelves. If possible, please bring your library card with you.

Loaning items

With Select and Collect, customers can reserve items online or via telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm. Items will then be prepared for collection.

Computers and Study Spaces

Computer access and study space must be pre-booked and is restricted to 1 hour. To book either please contact us via telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm or visit us in branch.

Please bring correct change for copying or printing as no change is available.

Online offers

With physical newspapers and magazines currently unavailable, many can be read online via the Digital Library. Our Digital Library also includes e-books and e-audiobooks as well as many other useful resources.

Many of the events and group activities that would normally take place physically in our libraries will continue to be offered online including rhyme and story times, author talks and craft activities. To ensure you don’t miss out, follow us on social media, @SouthamptonCityLibraries on Facebook and @SotonLibraries on Twitter.

Local Studies and Maritime Library

Local Studies and Maritime Library is open but visits must be pre-booked and this can be done either via email, local.studies@southampton.gov.uk or telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm.

Safety

Measures advised by Public Health England will be in place to ensure staff and public stay safe.

You can expect the following at our libraries:

  • Customers are required to wear face coverings unless an exemption applies.
  • You will be asked to scan a Test and Trace QR Code or leave your details when visiting a library.
  • Staff will be here to welcome you but may be behind perspex screens and will be wearing face coverings in public areas.
  • Hand sanitising stations and additional cleaning measures.
  • Public toilets are unavailable.
  • In order to assist the NHS’s Test and Trace service, the Council is maintaining a temporary record of our visitors. This information will be shared with the NHS if needed, in order to help contain clusters and outbreaks during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information check our data and privacy policies.

Opening Hours

Central Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Shirley Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Lordshill Library
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Bitterne Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Portswood Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Woolston Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Burgess Road Library
Monday: 10am to 12.30pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 4.30pm
Saturday: closed

Cobbett Hub & Library
Monday: 1pm to 4pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed 
Thursday: closed
Friday: 1pm to 4pm
Saturday: closed

YMCA Weston Community
Monday: 10am to 12noon & 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed 
Thursday: 10am to 12noon & 1pm to 3pm
Friday: closed 
Saturday: closed

Millbrook Community and Thornhill Community libraries remain closed.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us online or via telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm.

This webpage will be continually updated to reflect changes in service availability and opening hours.