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 Hello Library Lovers! 


"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein 

Those words ring ever truer today. On cold days, there's always cosy libraries. A warm welcome will always be guaranteed at your local library and we’re here to help as much as we can. We’ve got loads of free stuff available including wifi, stacks of books, hot drinks, games, newspapers, computers, information and advice, events and activities for all ages and abilities… or just come and enjoy spending time in a safe comfy space - and with a friendly face! 

During December our libraries are also acting as collection points for those who would like to donate to Cash4Kids or Hull4Ukraine. We'll pass on your gifts, warm clothes, tinned/dried food, formula milk, first aid items and toiletries to these good causes.

If you have any queries about our services just give us a call on 01482 210000 or send us an email. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for all our latest updates.

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under 5s sessions

 Under 5s Sessions 

Free fun sessions for your little ones at a library near you: 

  • Baby Bounce / Rhymes, singing and fun with your baby
  • Toddler Time / Crafts, toys, stories and nursery rhymes
  • Toddler Tunes / Singing, dancing and playing with musical instruments
  • Storytime / Listen to stories from the library collection
Book tickets online or call the library to book a place. Sessions end 16 Dec 2022 and restart w/c 12 Jan 2023
Find out more

 Kid's Clubs @ Central Library 

Free sessions every week
Hull Central Library
Ages: 5+ yrs

Join our clubs at the central library:
Lego Club - Wednesdays / 6-7pm
Craft Club - Thursdays / 6-7pm
Chess Club - Saturdays / 10-12pm

 Art Club / Explorers in Libraries 

Every Wed or Thu / 4 - 5.30pm 
Ings / Greenwood / Gipsyville Libraries
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs

Free, weekly art workshops to develop skills, make friends, and create cool new work! Just call or pop in to the library to enrol.

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 Street Dance 

Join in with some sensational street dance sessions and learn some super funky dance moves! Free classes for children aged 5-11 years.

Every Monday / 4.15-5pm /  Bransholme Library
Every Tuesday / 4.00-4.45pm /  Ings Library
Every Wednesday / 5.15-6.00pm / Longhill Library
Every Saturday / 10.15-11.00am / Western Library

Book tickets
 We Made This 

Join us and the We Made This team for two community craft events suitable for all the family.

Lantern Making

Saturday 26 Nov / 12-2pm
Central Library

Christmas Card Making

Tuesday 29 Nov / 10.30-12.30pm
Central Library


Book tickets

 Library Lates: Rap & Lyrics with Roy Bradley 

Tue 29 Nov 2022, 6–8pm / Bransholme Library
Wed 30 Nov 2022, 6–8pm / Hull Central Library

Age: 13 - 17yrs

Join us at the library for an inspiring lyric writing session with world-champion freestyle rapper, spoken word poet and producer Rob Bradley. Rob will guide you through crafting lyrics and developing the rhythm and rhymes of an off the hook rap. All that is needed to join in, is a love for music.

The workshop is free and dinner is included!


Book free tickets


Congratulations to the team at Hull Schools Library Service who were awarded the Highly Commended Community Award 2022 at the UK SLA Awards for their work with St Charles VC. Find out more here >

 Christmas Capers for Kids @ Central  

Join us at Hull Central Library for some Christmas based activities for children aged 4 and over. Free festive sessions - all materials provided. tree

Christmas Family Crafts
Tue 20 Dec 2022, 10–11:30am / Book tickets

Christmas Lego Creations
Wed 21 Dec 2022, 2–3pm / Book tickets

Christmas Make & Take Craft Club
Thu 22 Dec 2022, 2–3pm / Book tickets

Book free tickets

Please note that all of our libraries have Christmas activity and puzzle sheets available, as well as games and jigsaws to play with - just ask staff for details. Or download our Christmas Quiz and make a start getting into the seasonal spirit!

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online book club

 Book Clubs 

Join us at one of our regular reading groups for adults. Meet online, or pop along to the Central Library café.

 Online Book Club:  Last Wednesday of every month  / 6.30-7.30pm
30/11/22 / The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller - Book a ticket
21/12/22 (a week early) / A Woman Made of Snow by Elisabeth Gifford - Book a ticket

 LGBTQIA+ Book Club:  Last Saturday of every month / 11-12.30pm
26/11/22 / The Color Purple - Alice Walker

 Afternoon Book Club:  Last Wednesday of every month / 2-3pm
30/11/22 / The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
28/12/22 - The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood

 Crime Book Club:  Second Tuesday of every month / 2-3pm
13/12/22 - The Lost Man - Jane Harper
* NEW FOR 2023 *NYPL
Across the Pond Book Club

Hull Libraries and New York Public Library present Across the Pond, a new monthly online Book Club with a transatlantic feel!

Thu 12 January 2023 6:00pm (GMT) / 1:00pm (EST)
Manifesto by Bernadine Evaristo

Tickets available soon

All books are available to borrow from Hull Libraries. You can join the library here >
 Women of Words 
Wed 7 December / 2 - 4pm
Hull Central Library

All the usual shenanigans, including spoken word open mic, and the freewrite exercise where we write to a given prompt and then share our verses. It’s all very relaxed, fun and supportive. Just turn up.

Find out more
High Tea and Poetry
Thursday 8 December / 1 - 3pm
Hull Central Library

Join us for a refined and relaxed afternoon in the company of two of Hull's best poets. Reading poems, telling stories and enjoying delicious food and drink.

Book tickets
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The Val Wood Prize 2022

Thank you for all your fantastic entries - we'll be announcing the winner very soon! Keep an eye on Val's website for further details >

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 Listen to our Podcast! 

Catch up with all our podcasts here (+ most podcast platforms). We've been enjoying chatting to writers, artists, musicians, and getting to know members of the library team and hearing about what they love to read, watch and listen to.

Listen here
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digital resources

 Digital Resources 

We have stacks of online resources to help you find reliable information and carry out research: Newspapers / Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias / Bibliographies / Business databases... 

Or let us entertain you - watch music performances, or download apps for access to thousands of eBooks, eAudioBooks, eMagazines and eComics - all free with your library card!  Join the library today!


If you can’t find the information you need using our online reference databases you can email or call us with your query: / 01482 223344 

Hundreds of free live events and thousands of high-quality videos of great performances of classical and jazz music, opera, and ballet. Just sign in with your library card.
Find out more

 Digital Reading 

Access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics using the Borrowbox, Libby and ComicsPlus apps. Available on your computer, tablet or phone - all free with your library card.
Find out more
work club

 Work Club 

Free sessions to help you: use a computer / search and apply for jobs / complete a CV / set up accounts with Find a Job and other job search websites / access websites to find courses which will help you improve your basic skills.

  • Hull Central Library / Thursday 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Bransholme Library / Thursday 10:00 - 12:00pm
  • Greenwood Library / Monday 2:30 - 4:30pm
  • Ings Library / Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00pm
  • Western Library /  Monday 1:00 - 3:00pm

Please call your local library or email us to make an appointment.


Hull Libraries Business & IP Centre offers bespoke business support and world leading resources for anyone thinking about self-employment, setting up, or growing a business. Contact us for more information or book a place on one of our workshops.

Get in touch: Email / Twitter / LinkedIn / Facebook / Events

Break into Business: Free Events to Grow Your Business 

Business Ideas Clinics
Regular sessions

Business Research and Networking Afternoon
Thu, Dec 1, 14:00

Business Research and Networking Morning
Tue, Dec 6, 10:00

Bookkeeping For Business: Expert Clinic
Regular sessions

Book tickets

Innovate Humber 

Innovate Humber provides specialist information and resources for anyone thinking about developing a new product, process or service for their business.

In collaboration with Hull Libraries’ Business & IP Centre and Makerspace teams, our skilled staff are here to offer practical support to help you grow your business.

The Innovation & Research Centre is based at Hull Central Library and is open 6 days a week. 

Find out more
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 Business Film Club 

Yes Man / Saturday 26 November / 1:00 - 4:00pm - Book tickets

At Business Film Club, we learn important lessons about business and life, through extraordinary stories. After the film, a discussion will be facilitated by business and life coach, and author of Say Yes To Life, Adele Clough:

Join us in the beautifully cinematic James Reckitt Reading Room at Hull Central Library. Free popcorn, nibbles and refreshments!

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The Makerspace at Hull Central Library has state of the art manual, digital and electronic equipment, skilled staff providing support and workshops, as well as space to create, invent, explore, learn, think and exhibit. 

Makerspace Hull - Open Evenings and Hardware Meet Ups
Every first Wednesday of the month / 5 - 7pm

Don't forget - if you have any ideas or projects that you don’t know where to start, feel free to drop us a message or pop in and have a chat with our staff!

Get in touch: 01482 613395
Email /  Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Discord / TikTok

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 Larkin 100: Love, Death & Hull 

Sat 3 - Wed 21 December 2022 / Hull Central Library
Opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Sat - 10am-4pm / Wed 1pm-7pm / Thu, Fri - 10am-1pm

Experience Philip Larkin’s life in Hull through film, poetry, music and readings in an immersive experience that fills the whole of the beautiful James Reckitt Reading Room.

The installation has been commissioned as part of Larkin 100, a year long celebration of Larkin’s centenary, and designed by Palma Studios, the creative team responsible for Made in Hull, which opened Hull’s 2017 City of Culture year to great acclaim.

This is a free public event and booking is not required. Not to be missed!

Find out more

Larkin’s LIghted Rooms: Love Death & Hull is part of Larkin 100 and sponsored by Hull Libraries, Hull Culture & Leisure and the James Reckitt Library Trust

 Chinese and British 

Until Saturday 22 April 2023 / Hull Central Library

A free exhibition exploring British Chinese communities and culture.

Find out more

Panic Shack at Hull Central Library

 Panic Shack 

Thursday 23 February 2023 / 8 - 10pm / Hull Central Library
Tickets: £12

Welsh five piece, Panic Shack, bring their own brand of punk attitude to Hull as part of their 2023 national tour.

With infectious hooks, steady beats and gritty bass, the band showcase the best in raw, high-energy live music. Fed up of music being a ‘members only club’ Panic Shack formed in late 2018 with their own take on punk rock. Supported by BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music the band continue to develop their sound whilst still remaining true to their charged and pointed lyricism.

Book tickets

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home library service

 Home Library Service 

Books, and more, delivered direct to your door!  We carefully curate our collection of books to read or listen to and deliver to the homes of many of our vulnerable Hull residents - old and young. Joining is easy and membership is free. 
Find out more about our Home Library Service

over 50s events

Fun and Games for Over 50s 

Join us for some gentle activities followed by a natter and a cuppa!

Every Monday / 10 -12pm + 2 - 4pm

Wednesdays (fortnightly)  / 1.30 - 3pm

Every Thursday / 1.30 - 3pm

Tuesdays (fortnightly) / 2 - 4pm

Yap & Yarn 

A weekly knitting and crochet group for adults of all ages and skill levels.

Come for the crafts, stay for the conversation! 

Bring your own equipment.

Every Thursday (term time only)

10.30 - 12.30pm + 1.30 - 3.30pm

These events are free - just drop in! 
Call us on 01482 331254 or email us for further information. 

 RLWC: Forty20 LIVE 

Saturday 3 December / 2:00pm at Hull Central Library

Forty20 Live comes to Hull Central Library with guests from the word of Rugby League reviewing the World Cup and looking forward to the 2023 Super League season.

Book tickets

hull libraries closed 25-27 Dec 22

Stay warm and look after each other.
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The Hull Libraries Team

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