Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Book Icon

Central Library

All Libraries and Community Hubs are still closed due to coronavirus.

Although the government has said that libraries can reopen from 4 July, we will not be reopening any of our libraries yet. This is because we need to make sure we have the right measures in place to make sure both our staff and customers are safe.

We'll provide updated information on our plans for reopening as soon as it's available.

Don't worry - we won't be issuing any fines while our libraries are closed. Please keep hold of the books you have on loan until libraries reopen.

Central Library is located in the cultural quarter of Middlesbrough, on Centre Square.

The library was opened in 1912 following a generous donation by Dr. Andrew Carnegie and an offer of land owned by Sir Hugh Bell and by Alderman Hinton JP. The magnificent building is Grade II listed and retains many original features including the fixtures in the Reference Library.

Central Library is the centrepiece of Middlesbrough’s wider library offer and plays host to numerous cultural events throughout the year.

The library provides:

  • access to library services
  • access to reference services including local and family history
  • information on local public services
  • free access to the internet and Wi-Fi
  • space for community meetings and activities
  • Early Years and youth services, activities and support
  • photocopying, printing and fax facilities
  • Memory Lane Dementia Cafe: held on the third Wednesday of each month, 1pm to 3pm (please contact the library for more information and the date of the next cafe)

Check out the libraries website and online catalogue.

Like Middlesbrough Libraries on Facebook and follow @borolibraries on Twitter to keep up to date with library events and announcements.


Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY
Lending Library: 01642 729002
Reference Library: 01642 729001

Opening times 

Day Times


9:30am to 7pm


9:30am to 7pm


9:30am to 5pm


9:30am to 7pm


9:30am to 5pm


9:30am to 5pm



Futures for Families supports young people in Middlesbrough to help them get their future back. Join our team