Coronavirus update - Libraries phased reopening

Following Government guidance libraries can now reopen. The normal range of activities will not be possible at this stage of reopening and customers visiting the library may find they need to wait outside to be assisted by staff.

Please check the latest information including services available: 

See current Library service updates

Face coverings

The Government has extended the policy on the mandatory wearing of face coverings in public places in England to include public libraries. They are to be worn by all visitors, except for those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering.

Opening hours

​Opens ​Closes
​Monday 10am 4pm​​
​Tuesday Closed Closed
​Wednesday 10am 4pm
​Thursday ​​Closed Closed
​Friday 10am 4pm
​Saturday 10am 2pm
​Sunday Closed Closed

​Closures for public holidays

All libraries will be closed for the following public holidays:

  • Monday 31 August 2020
  • Friday 25 December 2020
  • Saturday 26 December 2020
  • Monday 28 December 2020
  • Friday 1 January 2021

​Contact details

Northamptonshire Central Library
Abington Street
Northampton
NN1 2BA

Email: centlib@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

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.

​Get involved!

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?

Search the Get Involved Hub for all current library volunteering vacancies.

You can apply online to register your interest in an opportunity. 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.