Room hire in libraries

Hire a room at Central Library

You can hire rooms at Central Library and at many of our community libraries.

For community libraries, check with your library about availability and cost.

Read on to hire a room in Central Library below.

Central Library room hire

Central Library has four rooms for hire. Read the specifics below.

Download the room booking form - DOCX

Send your form to

[email protected]

Opening hours

You can use the rooms during our opening hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm
  • Thursday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Be prepared to vacate the room 30 minutes before closing time.


Community use - £40 for a three-hour block, then £10 per hour for each extra hour

Commercial use - £120 for a three-hour block, then £30 for each extra hour.


There is wifi in all of our meeting rooms. You access this with your library membership card.

We can provide flipcharts in any meeting room.

There are screens in the

  • Boardroom, a plasma display screen with VGA and HDMI connections
  • George Washington Browne Room, a projector with VGA connection and screen.

To use other connections, such as for Apple devices, you must bring your own adapter.

Please bring your own laptop.

There is a sound system in the George Washington Browne Room.


Our rooms are not accessible to wheelchair users.

There is a hearing loop in the George Washington Browne Room.


We provide a full catering service at cost.

We can provide tea, coffee and biscuits for £1 per person.

Room details

Meeting rooms 1 and 2

Can seat 8 people and are ideal for groups to meet informally. You can use these rooms for interviews. The nearest toilet is downstairs in the Children’s Library.

Meeting room 1

Meeting room with six chairs with attached writing desks and a low coffee table in the middle of the room and an electric piano on the rear wall.

Meeting room 2

Meeting room with eight chairs with attached writing desks lined up against opposite walls and another chair and flipchart at the head of the room, behind which is a table with tea and coffee supplies.

The Board Room

Can seat up to 16 people around a table and is ideal for formal meetings and presentations. There is a toilet beside the room.

A bright boardroom with panelled walls and a long desk with four chairs on either side and one at either end. There is a tea station at one wall with an urn and several cups and saucers. At the far wall there is a large plasma on a stand with a laptop stand below.

George Washington Browne Room

This is our largest room. It can hold up to

  • 40 people seated theatre style
  • 20 people set out in conference style.
  • 24 people set out cabaret style with 4 separate tables seating 6 people each.

The room is on the Mezzanine floor, which you can get to with the lift.

The nearest toilet is on the ground floor.

A long room set up for a conference with 7 rows of 6 chairs each, split by a corridor down the centre. There is a projector screen on the far wall and ceiling-mounted projector. At the head of the room, a long table crosses the width of the room with 4 chairs behind, and an audio control system to the right and a podium to the left.