Central, Southsea and North End libraries are now open. The Portsmouth History Centre, at Central Library, is also open. You can also call 023 9268 8046 or email email@example.com with any questions or enquiries.
Cosham library will re-open on Monday 17 August.
Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm
Plan your trip
- Check government guidance if you feel unwell and only go to the library if it is safe for you to do so.
- Plan the best way to travel - if possible walk or cycle. Check our guidance for more information.
- Check the Official Portsmouth Libraries Facebook page for latest information before visiting to avoid disappointment.
- Consider the time of day and avoid peak times.
- Give yourself plenty of time as you may need to queue.
To meet coronavirus safety standards, cleaning stations will be provided and staff and public will be expected to follow social-distancing guidelines.
Visitors to the library will need to wear face coverings. Some people are exempt, including children under the age of 11 - you can find out more on the government's website.
Visitor numbers will be limited in the library and will be asked to adhere to social distancing. Staff will manage the foyer area and any queues and will ask you what you would like to access during your visit so they can help you get what you need as quickly as possible.
Test and Trace at the library
In line with government guidelines, libraries will ask visitors to provide Test and Trace information. This is to help contain clusters of outbreaks and minimise the onward spread of COVID-19. We will record name, contact telephone number, date and time of visit and will share this information with NHS Test and Trace if requested, to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.
We will destroy all records after 21 days. We thank you in advance for your support.
For more information on Test and Trace at the library, please visit the government website.
Changes to library services
There will be a 'returns' box for you to place your returned books and items.
You will be able to browse books and borrow them. There will be a browsed books trolley for any books you look at but decide not to borrow.
Computer facilities are available, but there will be less computers in operation. Session times will be for a maximum of one hour. Printing will be available.
You can purchase residents parking permits - we can currently only accept card payments but have lowered our minimum card payment limit to £1.
Lily and Lime café will be open at Central Library.
Toilet facilities will be available in all open library branches.
Groups and activities cannot be accommodated in the library for the moment. However, events will continue on our social media platforms - Official Portsmouth Libraries Facebook page.
Reservations and requests cannot be accepted at this time.
You can order up to 10 documents in advance. There is a limit of 6 volumes for Kelly's Directories or Electoral Registers.
Ask a librarian
So fewer people need to handle reference books, a new email enquiry service will start on 6 July. Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org and find out information they need for study, research or casual enquiry.
Online library services are available to residents at home, by using a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can download books, comics and newspapers and listen to music – all for free. There's more information on our Free Fun page.
The home-delivery library service , aimed at helping vulnerable people during the pandemic, is still operating, too. The service, run with HIVE Portsmouth, can deliver books, DVDs, and games for adults and children. The number to call is 023 9261 6709.
For more information on library services, residents can email email@example.com or call 023 9281 9311.