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Leicester Central Library - Further information

What's in Your Library?



  • Books - FREE loan: Borrow up to 12 books for up to 3 weeks

  • Top Ten bestsellers: See what's NEW this week!

  • Large print books: Search A-Z by author 

  • Talking books: Large selection for small hire charge (These are FREE to borrow for visually impaired people and for the over 60's) Search A-Z by author

  • DVDs: Weekly hire charge

  • CDs: Weekly hire charge

  • FREE reservations for city residents (small charge for non-city residents)

  • Want something we don't have? Perhaps we can order it for you or get it via an interlibrary loan  

  • Study areas

  • Home Library Service

  • Current and historical reference and information books

  • Newspapers and magazines in English and other languages

  • Business and company information

  • Electoral register (full version) for Leicester

  • Genealogy and Family History

  • Language dictionaries

  • Law and legislation, including UK Acts of Parliament

  • Local History. (Note: archives and records for the City and County of Leicester - including local newspapers, photographs, etc.) are held at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

  • Learning and careers information

  • Maps and atlases, including the OS Landranger and Explorer series; and large-scale OS maps for Leicester
  • Stretton Collection of books and memorabilia relating to British railway development from the late 19th century. Available to view by prior arrangement
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages (UK)

  • UK Government publications

  • UK official statistics: economy, employment, health, census, population etc.


Computers, Internet & Email:

  • FREE Internet access

  • Office software

  • Specialist accessibility computer software

  • A4 Scanners
  • Ancestry Library Edition - online family history research tool

  • Theory Test Pro - online driving theory practice

  • Leicester and Leicestershire Census data

  • Life in Great Britain - online preperation for the Citizenship Test

  • Online Reference Room – free access for library members to online encyclopaedias, reference books, newspapers and magazines


For Children & Under 16s:

  • Children's area

  • Toddler Time items: talking books - free to borrow

  • Baby changing facilities

  • Under 5s 'Toddler Time': 'Babies of the world' :Fridays: 9.30am - 11.30am



  • Fax machine

  • Colour Photocopier

  • Microfiche and microfilm reader printer



  • Lift
  • Wide entrance
  • Toilets
  • Automatic doors

  • Specialist computer software

  • Induction loop


Other Information:


  • 'BookNews' Library e-mail Newsletter: Get the latest information about library events, competitions, book collections, author visits and more... E-newsletter sent monthly if you provided your email address when joining. Not sure? Check/update your details now