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Central Lending Library

Join the library, then request a PIN to borrow items.


Opening hours

  • Monday - 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday - 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday - 1 to 8pm
  • Thursday - 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Friday - 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - closed

Check events and updates for changes to opening hours.

eLibrary 24/7

The eLibrary is open 24/7, borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, and read eMagazines.


Find, renew or reserve

Books, music and film - browse, search, reserve and renew online.



Central Library
Surrey Street
S1 1XZ

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Virtual tour

Take a look inside the Central Lending Library.


What we stock

Items you can loan



We have a large general fiction collection and also provide a range of genre fiction including:

  • Crime, adventure and thrillers

  • Science fiction

  • Horror

  • Family sagas and romance

  • Westerns

Ask us if you need help finding something, would like suggestions on what to read.

Visit our Reading Room.



We several copies of the top 10 paperback fiction and non-fiction titles automatically as they enter the charts.

  • You can borrow them for one week and renew them once, for 1 week

  • If you need longer, you can borrow or reserve a standard 3 week copy of the title

  • Normal overdue charges apply

  • As titles move out of the charts they will be transferred to other libraries in the city


Graphic novels

Blaze into Batman or sample some manga.

If you're new to graphic novels, or want to try a different style of graphic novel read our guide 'So you want to get into Graphic Novels?'.


Central Library reading groups

There are 4 reading groups in the Central Library that meet at various points in the month.

All the groups are currently full. If you would like to join the waiting list please phone 0114 2734727.

Reading groups.


Music and film

Our Music and Film Collection is housed in the Central Lending Library and has a variety of stock available for loan, including:

  • DVDs

  • Blu-rays

  • CDs

  • Sheet music

  • Music related books

We also stock music magazines and have a dedicated orchestral and vocal set hire service.


Language learning courses

Borrow audio CDs and cassette language learning courses for beginners and more advanced learners.

Language course books, many including CDs, are also available. Titles include:

Books, music and film - browse, search, reserve and renew online.


Books on tape and CD

We are developing our collection of books on CD, and will continue to supply both fiction and non-fiction books on tape for those who cannot read print, or for anyone who likes to ‘read’ in this way. Recent titles include:


Large print books

A wide selection of books in larger print for those who have problems reading small type. Recent titles include:


Drama collection

Our Drama Collection has over 15,000 copies of play scripts, with nearly 4,000 different titles.

All the stock is available for loan, as either single copies or sets, which are loaned to groups.


Gay and lesbian collection

Modern issues from a range of authors. Recent titles include:

LGBT resources in libraries.


Books in different languages

Our books in different languages include:

  • Bengali, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi

  • Chinese, Polish, Hindi

  • Russian, Italian, Spanish, German and French

 Browse, search, reserve and renew online.



Use one of our computers for free for up to an hour a day.

You can also use:

  • black and white printer - 10p charge per side
  • colour printer - 50p charge per side
  • scanner
  • Memory card readers
  • Floppy disk drives

Book a computer

We recommend that you book a computer in advance, call 0114 2734727.


Contact us


Telephone: 0114 2734727 or 0114 2734729

Tell us your compliments, comments or complaints.

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  • Modified: Jun 29, 2015 8:45:48 AM