Coronavirus update

Due to Government guidance libraries are permitted to re-open. Northamptonshire Libraries are operating a phased reopening and therefore the full range of services will not be available.

Please check the latest information for services available:

See current Library service updates

Face Coverings

In line with Government advice face coverings must be worn by people (except for those with medical exemptions) visiting library buildings.

Opening hours

​Opens ​Closes
​Monday 10am 4pm​​
​Tuesday 10am 4pm
​Wednesday 10am 4pm
​Thursday ​​10am 4pm
​Friday 10am 4pm
​Saturday 10am 4pm
​Sunday Closed Closed

​Closures for public holidays

All libraries will be closed for the following public holidays:

  • Friday 2 April 2021
  • Saturday 3 April 2021
  • Monday 5 April 2021
  • Monday 3 May 2021
  • Monday 31 May 2021
  • Monday 30 August 2021
  • Monday 27 December 2021
  • Tuesday 28 December 2021
  • Saturday 1 January 2022
  • Monday 3 January 2022

​Contact details

Northamptonshire Central Library
Abington Street
Northampton
NN1 2BA

Email: northampton.libraryplus@westnorthants.gov.uk 

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Parking

There are charged-for parking bays on Abington Street where the library entrance is located.

Alternatively, the nearest public car park is behind the library in the Ridings. This offers short stay (maximum 3 hours), charged-for parking.

Toilets

Toilet for under 5s and parents, baby changing facilities available.

Disabled access

This library is wheelchair accessible.

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​​Local and family history

We hold a large collection of local and family history resources in our Discover area at Northamptonshire Central Library.

Our Discover area has different opening hours to the main library - you can view these on the local and family history page:

Local and family history

Local ad Family history in Northamptonshire 

Business and IP centre in Northampton Central 

Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

We hold subscriptions to online business resources and run workshops and also information and advice sessions on self-employment and intellectual property for entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses.

​Services at all libraries

The Library shop sells a selection of greetings cards, gift items, children's toys and educational material.

​See room hire details for individual libraries on the room hire page

​Full library membership and virtual library membership is available to anyone who lives, works or studies in Northamptonshire.

For further information please go to the joining the library section.

There's more to the library than you think. Lots of our services for the community rely on support from our volunteers. What could you do?

How do you become a volunteer?

Speak to a member of library staff to express an interest in volunteering. There is an interview process and all successful volunteers will be asked to supply details of referees. Volunteers for some roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We will provide any training that is necessary to assist in volunteering roles.

​Answers Plus

Answers Plus is the Libraries and Information Service's online information service. We welcome questions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Northamptonshire, or who would like information about the county.