Upcoming closures at Cheltenham Library

Cheltenham Library will close on Wednesday 26th Jan 2022 1pm – 7pm to allow for a safety inspection of the stonework above and around the front entrance.

Cheltenham Library will then be closed for two weeks from Monday 31st January until the 12th February inclusively. This closure will allow us to finish integrating the Local and Family history department into the Main Library. This move will mean better access to the service and allow work to begin on creating Cheltenham’s new Innovation Lab in the old Local and family history department. At the same time the public toilets in the Library will start to be refurbished.

The following services are confirmed as available during the  two week closure and we are working to introduce more.

Click and collect  - pick up from the Children’s Library

Off the shelf – pick up from the Children’s Library

Limited PC access in the Children’s Library – please book in advance.

Disruption to library services

We are currently experiencing high numbers of staff shortages. As a result some of our libraries are working on reduced hours and services or temporary closures.
For up to date information we advise checking your local library’s opening times before making a trip Library Locations & Opening Hours

Cheltenham (including Children's Library and Local Studies)

Find out when Cheltenham Library is open and what you can do there.

Opening times

Main library

Mondays: 9am – 7pm

Tuesdays: 9am – 5.30pm

Wednesdays: 9am – 7pm

Thursdays: 9am – 5.30pm

Fridays: 9am – 7pm

Saturdays: 9am – 4pm

Children's library

Mondays: 10am-1pm & 2pm–5pm

Tuesdays: 10am-1pm & 2pm–5pm

Wednesdays: 10am – 1pm & 2pm-5pm

Thursdays: 10am-1pm & 2pm–5pm

Fridays: 10am-1pm & 2pm–5pm

Saturdays: 9am - 1pm & 2pm-4pm

What safety measures are in place in libraries?

  • Social Distancing with signs, markers and staff to support this
  • Increased cleaning regimes for equipment used
  • Installation of Perspex screens at library counters
  • NHS “Track and Trace” recording is recommended
  • All sites have been risk assessed and are Covid 19 secure.

We would ask you to:

  • Keep your visit as brief as possible
  • Wear a face covering (unless exempt) for both staff and others ongoing safety
  • Bring your library card
  • Stay at home if you are self-isolating or have COVID-19 symptoms.

What we offer

  • PCs with internet access (free for library members, charges apply for non members)
  • Dedicated scan pc - please book online in advance of your visit or contact the library to book your session (free for members, printing charges apply)
  • Photocopying
  • Printing (computer booking required), charges apply
  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • Book a computer 


First Floor Balcony

Tables on the first floor balcony are available to use for pre-booked sessions.  To book a table on the balcony click here [selection Cheltenham as the library location, then choose "Balcony Desks" from the drop down list] or telephone the library on 01242 532 686.


Local Studies Library

We are operating an appointment system for all visitors to Cheltenham Local Studies Library. This is to ensure that the recommended social distancing measures can be observed at all times.

Make a booking and let us know what materials, type and subject, you are interested in.

We need 3 working days’ notice and you can order up to 10 items per visit.

You can search our online catalogue to see what is available.

Each booking will be confirmed by email with further information about your visit. Please read this information carefully and wait until you have received confirmation before making your visit.

If you feel unwell on the day of your visit, please call us on 01242 532693 to rearrange your appointment.

We will keep our arrangements under review in accordance with the latest Government guidance so please check the website before visiting next time.

You can also send enquiries to our Customer Advisers using this online form:

Cheltenham Local Studies information request form

Cheltenham Local Studies Lending Collection is now available in the in Cheltenham Library where you may visit, browse and take books home to enjoy.


Services currently suspended:


Library Access

  • 'Pay and Display' parking nearby.
  • Main library (including Local & Family History Library): ramped access at rear of building.
  • Children's library: level access, automatic doors, baby change facility.
  • Post box for out of hours book returns (Front door of main library and on Children's library building).
  • Bike racks
  • Bus services nearby

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