COVID-19 service changes

As national COVID-19 restrictions ease, Southampton City Libraries are delighted to be extending opening hours and library services from Tuesday 1 June 2021.

Services available at your local library

Central, Bitterne, Lordshill, Shirley, Portswood, Woolston and Burgess Road libraries will offer library browsing, a Select and Collect service, returns and pre-booked public computer access and pre-booked study spaces.

Thornhill Community and YMCA Weston Community libraries will offer a Select and Collect service and returns.

Millbrook Community Library will offer library browsing, a Select and Collect service, returns and pre-booked public computer access. Please note that all visits to Millbrook Community Library must be pre-booked via telephone on 023 8054 0135.

Cobbett Hub & Library remains closed.

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

Returning items

Return bins remain available at the entrances of libraries for those wishing to just return items quickly.

Please note we are planning to reintroduce overdue fees from Monday 5 July 2021.

Browsing and loaning items

We are delighted to welcome back 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. If possible, please bring your library card with you.

With Select and Collect, customers should reserve items online or via telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm and Saturday - 10am to 4pm. Items will then be prepared for collection.

If you are unable to get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities and require a service please contact us.

Computers and study space

Computer access and study space must be pre-booked. To book please contact us via telephone on 023 8083 3007 (option 1, then 3), Monday to Friday - 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm and Saturday - 10am to 4pm or visit us in branch.

Printing and photocopying facilities are available but please bring correct change as no change is available.

Local Studies and Maritime Library

Local Studies and Maritime Library access must be pre-booked. To book please contact us 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 and Saturday - 10am to 4pm.

Library from Home

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.

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 7pm
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 4pm

Shirley Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Lordshill Library
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 7pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Bitterne Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Portswood Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Woolston Library
Monday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 7pm
Wednesday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm

Burgess Road Library
Monday: 10am to 12.30pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 12.30pm
Saturday: 11.30am to 1.30pm

Millbrook Community Library
Monday: 9am to 12noon
Tuesday: 9am to 12noon
Wednesday: 12noon to 3pm
Thursday: 12noon to 3pm
Friday: 9am to 12noon
Saturday: closed

Thornhill Community Library
Monday: 2pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9.30am to 12noon
Saturday: closed

Weston Community Library
Monday: 10am to 2pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 1pm to 5pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed

Cobbett Hub & Library remains 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 and Saturday - 10am to 4pm.

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