COVID-19 service changes

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

Services available at your local library

Central, Bitterne, Lordshill, Shirley, Portswood, Woolston, Burgess Road, Thornhill Community Library and YMCA Weston Community libraries are open and offering a full range of  library services including browsing, a Select and Collect service, returns, public computer access and study space.

Millbrook Community Library will offer library browsing, a Select and Collect service, returns and 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.

Browsing and loaning items

We are delighted to welcome customers back in our libraries. We continue to monitor numbers of people in our libraries to limit overcrowding.

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 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.

Please note overdue fees were reintroduced on Monday 5 July 2021.

Computers and Study Spaces

Computer access and study space no longer requires pre-booking and we are incrementally increasing the number of available computers and spaces.

Printing and photocopying facilities are 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 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 are being reintroduced and we encourage you to check "what’s on" in your local library. 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 encouraged to wear face coverings inside our buildings as we are busy, public places
  • Test and Trace remains in place for users to scan or leave their details when visiting our libraries
  • Staff will be here to welcome you but may be behind perspex screens and may be wearing face coverings in public areas
  • Users are encouraged to use hand sanitising stations and clean surfaces prior to use
  • Visitor toilets are available
  • Increased ventilation
  • You can scan a Test and Trace QR code or leave your details when visiting. 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 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 7pm
Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: closed

Shirley Library
Monday: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: closed

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

Bitterne Library
Monday: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: closed

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

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

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 4.30pm
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 5pm and Saturday - 10am to 4pm.

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