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Get creative at our weekly lego club - free
Every Monday (except 28th August) 4pm - 6pm

Join our new weekly chess club and learn how to play - free
Every Saturday from 5th August.

Stay safe with dogs; a session from Dogs Trust - free
2nd August

Fun Animal Agent craft session - free
15th August

Animal Agent science workshop - forensic science fun - £1.00 per child
24thAugust

Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremony
You'll be invited when you've read four books in the challenge
31st August

Please book in advance as spaces are limited for all sessions. Sessions suitable for ages 5-12 unless otherwise stated.

Central Library

The Central Public Library was officially opened in 1912 by Alderman Amos Hinton. Built on two plots of land, one donated by Sir Hugh Bell, the other by Alderman Amos Hinton, the foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the building, sometimes known as the Carnegie Library, was officially opened on May 8, 1912. Featuring a classical design selected from 203 submissions, its architects were Messrs. S. B. Russell and T. E. Cooper, of Gray's Inn Square, London.

In its original form, it provided a lending library where boys' and girls' sections were separated by a screen, a ladies' reading room, a central news room with a separate entrance in Grange Road, and on the first floor were the law and patent and reference libraries. This was Middlesbrough's first purpose-built premises to house its public library.

Further contact information

Lending Library: 01642 729002; lending_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Reference Library: 01642 729001; reference_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Opening times

Monday 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
Thursday 9.30am-7pm
Friday 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 9.30am-5pm
Sunday Closed