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Leicester Libraries

Leicester has a lot of great libraries to choose from.

Below we have listed the details of some of the bigger, most well-known and historical libraries in the city of Leicester.

Leicester Central Library

Leicester Central Library

Leicester Central Library a library run by the City Council and is located in Leicester City centre close to Town Hall Square.

Leicester Central Library
Bishop Street
0116 2995401

Library opening times

Monday:              9:30am – 7:00pm

Tuesday:              9:30am – 7:00pm

Wednesday:        9:30am – 7:00pm

Thursday:            9:30am – 7:00pm

Friday:                  9:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday:             9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday:                Closed

At the library:

  • Public toilets and baby changing facilities
  • Information services
  • Study tables
  • Electoral register
  • Family and local history
  • Stretton Collection (books and memorabilia relating to British railway development from the 19th century)
  • Microfiche and microfilm ready printer (charges apply)
  • Free use of library computers
  • Internet access
  • Children’s area which includes ‘Toddle Time’ every Friday at 10am til 12pm


Belgrave Library

Belgrave Library

Belgrave Library is a library in Leicester run by the City Council.

Belgrave Library
Cossington Street
0116 2995500

Opening times

Monday:              10:00am – 7:00pm

Tuesday:              10:00am – 7:00pm

Wednesday:       10:00am – 7:00pm

Thursday:            10:00am – 7:00pm

Friday:                  10:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday:             10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday:                12:00pm – 4:00pm

At the library

  • Information services
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities
  • Study tables
  • Free use of library computers
  • Internet access
  • Scanners
  • Printers (charges apply)
  • Children’s area which includes ‘Toddler Time’ every Tuesday at 10am until 12pm and ‘Homework Help’ weekdays between 4 and 6pm.


David Wilson Library

David Wilson library

The David Wilson library is part of the University of Leicester and is located on University Road. It is open to everyone, not just students and staff of the university.

To use the David Wilson Library you need to have a library card which you can apply for here.

David Wilson Library
University of Leicester
University Road
0116 2522043

Opening times

Monday:              24 hours                               (staffed from 9am-9pm)

Tuesday:              24 hours                               (staffed from 9am-9pm)

Wednesday:        24 hours                               (staffed from 9am-9pm)

Thursday:            24 hours                               (staffed from 9am-9pm)

Friday:                  24 hours                               (staffed from 9am-9pm)

Saturday:             9:00am – midnight           (staffed from 9am-5pm)

Sunday:                9:00am – midnight           (staffed from 12pm-6pm)

At the library

  • University bookshop
  • Library café
  • Study spaces available (including group study rooms)
  • IT facilities
  • Reading rooms
  • Lockers
  • Photocopiers, scanners and printers
  • AccessAbility Centre (a centre which offers support for students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, disabilities and illnesses)