Regular events and groups

We host and run a wide range of events and activities across all our libraries including:

  • talks, reading events and theatre
  • children and families events
  • social events
  • classes and workshops
  • life skills and advice

Details of some of our regular groups and meetings are provided here. You can also keep up-to-date with our latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Coffee mornings, craft groups and other social activities

Coffee mornings

  • Ecclesall Library: first and third Thursday in the month, 10am to 12noon
  • Firth Park Library: every Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Highfield Library: every Wednesday, 10am to 12noon
  • Hillsborough Library: every Friday, 10am to 12 noon
  • Newfield Green Library: every Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am

Art & craft groups

  • Crystal Peaks Library:

    - Women's Craft Group for over 60s, Mondays, 10am to 12noon

    - Knit and Natter, Thursdays, 10am to 12noon

    - Cross Stitch Club, first, third and fourth Tuesday in the month, 9.30am to 12.30pm

    - Stitches Circle, Thursdays, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    - Brush Strokes Painting Group, Fridays, 2pm to 4pm
  • Ecclesall Library: Knit and Natter, Mondays, 10.30am to 12noon. Contact the library for details
  • Firth Park Library: Bizzy Fingers, Mondays, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Hillsborough Library: Stitches and Stories reading and craft group, every third Monday in the month. Contact the library for details
  • Stocksbridge Library: Knitting and Chat, second and fourth Saturday in the month, 10am to 12noon. Contact the library for details

Other social groups

  • Crystal Peaks Library: 

    - Crystal Peaks Bereavement Drop-in Centre, Fridays, 10am to 12noon

    - Opportunity to meet with other people who have experienced loss. There is an informal atmosphere and coffee and tea are served. For anyone wishing to speak privately there is a separate room available
  • Manor Library:

    - Agewell Friendship Circle, alternate Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. Contact the library for information

    - Manor Social Cafe 'Springboard', alternate Mondays, 10am to 4pm.

    - Drop in for people who want to get out and meet new people or boost their confidence and self-esteem
Children and young people


All times stated are term time only, unless stated otherwise:

Stocksbridge (Y1 to Y4): last Tuesday of the month, 3:45 to 4:45 (term time only)

Highfield (Y1 to Y3) please contact the library for more information


All times quoted are term time only, unless stated otherwise:

Central Children’s and Young People’s Library (Y3 to Y6): please contact the library for more information

Ecclesall Library (Y3 to Y7): third Friday of the month, 4pm to 4:45pm

Highfield Library (Y3 to Y7): second Saturday of the month 10:30am to 11:30am

Stocksbridge Library (Y5 to Y9): second Tuesday of the month, 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Woodseats Library (Y3 to Y7): first Monday of the month, 4pm to 4:45pm

Hive Young Writers

Hive Young Writers Sheffield is a free writing group for young people aged 14 to 19. It is held at the Central Children's Library fortnightly on Wednesdays during term time, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The group supports young people to develop their writing through a wide range of creative writing workshops, visiting writers and related writing projects and opportunities.

The group is informal and friendly and refreshments are provided. You don’t have to think you’re a great writer to attend, you just need a keenness to try new things!

Events for under 5s

Babytime sessions (0 to 18 months)

All times quoted are term time only unless stated otherwise:

  • Ecclesall Library: Wednesdays, 2pm to 3pm
  • Firth Park Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Highfield Library: Fridays, 11:15am to midday
  • Hillsborough Library: Tuesdays, 10am to 11am
  • Manor Library: Mondays, 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Woodseats Library: Mondays, 2pm to 2:45pm

Bumps and babies

  • Stocksbridge Library: Wednesdays, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Baby and Toddler times (0 to 5 years old)

All times quoted are term time only unless stated otherwise:

  • Darnall Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am to 11:15am
  • Parson Cross: Fridays, 10:30am to 11:30am

Toddlertime sessions (1 to 3 years old)

All times quoted are term time only, unless stated otherwise:

  • Ecclesall Library: please contact the library for more information
  • Stocksbridge: Mondays, 10:30am to 11:15am 
  • Woodseats Library: Fridays, 2pm to 2:45pm

Rhymetime sessions (18 months to 4 years old)

This session is term time only:

  • Crystal Peaks Library: Mondays, 10:15 am to 11am (the group is full as of Summer 2023 so please contact the library for more information)
  • Highfield Library: Wednesdays, 11:15am to midday

Tales and Tunes (under 5s):

  • Central Children’s and Young People’s Library: Mondays and Fridays, 11am to midday (term time only)

Storytime sessions (under 5s)

  • Stocksbridge Library: Tuesdays, 10:30am to 11:15am (term time only)
Writing and poetry groups

Writing groups

Are you the next J K Rowling or Stephen King? Would you like to share your writing with others for constructive feedback? Got a book inside you but need the inspiration to get started? Need the confidence to begin formulating ideas for storylines and characters?

Poetry groups

An informal group for anyone with an interest of poetry. From Carol Ann Duffy to Edward Lear, bring along your favourite poem, feel free to bring your own, or just sit back, relax and enjoy.  

The perfect way to start the weekend.

Both groups meet monthly in the Central Library Biographies Room, 10.30am to 12noon. For a list of upcoming dates, visit our online events booking page or contact the Central Library.

Sporting memories

Over 50 and love talking about sport? 

Whether it is cricket, rugby, football, boxing, snooker or athletics, share your sporting memories with other sports fans over old photographs, newspaper articles and memorabilia. 

Informative, friendly and free groups, now running at the following libraries and you're welcome to just drop in:

  • Crystal Peaks Library: every Tuesday, from 10:30 to 12noon 
  • Ecclesall Library: every Wednesday, from 10:30am to 12noon 
  • Firth Park Library: every Monday, from 10:30am to 11.30am 
  • Manor Library: every Wednesday, from 10:30am to 12noon        
  • Parson Cross Library: every Monday, from 10:30am to 12noon 
  • Woodseats Library: every Friday, from 10.:30am to 12noon 

Contact the library for more information about the groups.

Business events and clinics

The Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre Sheffield in partnership with the British Library Business and IP Centre National Network, is a vital resource for entrepreneurs, innovators and business start-ups.

Based on the ground floor of the Central Library in the city centre, we provide you with the ideal tools to research your business with a range of business databases, trade publications, business literature and guides to support your business information needs.

Business & IP Sheffield is the go-to hub for information on Intellectual Property and offers a wide range of workshops, events and networking opportunities tailored to help you to understand all you need to know about protecting your business idea from the very start. If you are interested in attending one of the sessions listed below or finding out more about upcoming sessions, please get in touch.

Business Clinics

We also deliver a range of 1:1 clinics and advice sessions.

First Steps to Marketing Clinics

These are 1:1 sessions. Get free advice on marketing your business and developing your business plan. These are offered by appointment only, please call or email to book. 

Patent Clinics

Each month a Patent Attorney will give free advice during a 45 minute session to support you with developing and protecting your ideas. There will also be the opportunity to look through a database with a member of staff who can help you check the subject of your invention or advise you on how the library can help. A deposit of £10 is required to secure this booking.

Trademark Clinics

Each month a Patent Attorney will give free advice during a 45 minute session to support you with developing and protecting your brand. A deposit of £10 is required to secure this booking.

Innovator in Residence

Our Innovator in Residence, Roger Tipple, runs free information sessions where you can discuss your ideas, ask advice and draw upon his vast experience in the world of Business and Intellectual Property (IP). Roger is a serial innovator who has created, developed and exploited his own inventions and other people's and whose company, Tipple Associates, has many years’ experience in successful product innovation.

Workshops & talks 

We deliver an ongoing series of talks and workshops on various aspects of building your business. These include:

  • researching your market
  • introduction to Copyright
  • know Your IP
  • introduction to Social Media for business
  • talks from successful and inspiring entrepreneurs
Life Skills & Advice

Teach yourself books

Research tools from the eLibrary (all you need is your library card number):

  • planning your career in a week
  • run your own business
  • succeeding at interviews in a week
  • successful business communication in a week
  • successful job hunting in a week
  • successful people management in a week
  • successful pitching in a weeks
  • successful public speaking in a week

Work Clubs (Manor & Castle Development Trust)

  • Crystal Peaks Library, 1-3 Peak Square, Waterthorpe, S20 7PH: Thursday from 10:00am to 12noon
  • Manor Library, Ridgeway Road (Manor Park), S12 2SS: Thursdays from 10am to 12noon

Book an appointment

Office opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.

Telephone 0114 265 5145

Community Space

52-54 Manor Park Centre


S2 1WE

Citizens Advice Bureau sessions

Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureau is running advice sessions at the following libraries:

  • Manor Library: Thursdays, 10am to 12noon
  • Woodseats Library: Thursdays, 9.30am to 1pm for initial assessment drop-in

Sheffield Credit Union

Information Points:

  • Firth Park Library: Wednesdays, 10 to 11am
  • Parson Cross Library
  • Crystal Peaks Library

Information Points are where people can become members, check their balances, request withdrawals, apply for loans and join the Christmas Savings Club.

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