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Rochdale Central Library

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Due to the Boxing Day floods, Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside is temporarily closed. You can still use other libraries across the borough to access computers, Wi-Fi, borrow and renew books and more. You can also renew library items online. You can also access computers at the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Rochdale Central Library is on the ground floor of Number ​One Riverside. The multi use public building is in Rochdale town centre and has a Bean Coffee Shop, meeting rooms and council customer service point.

​Opening times

The library is open during the following hours, we're closed on bank holidays.

DayOpening times
Monday9am- 7.30pm
Tuesday9am- 5.30pm
Wednesday9am- 5.30pm
Thursday9am- 5.30pm
Friday9am- 5.30pm
Saturday9.30am- 5pm
SundayClosed

Facilities

Activities at the library

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday​Friday
Macular Degeneration Group, 1.30pm-3.30pm (monthly).

Wordweavers Group, 5.30pm (every second and fourth Monday of the month).

Epilepsy Support Group, 6pm-7.15pm (third Monday of the month).​

Reading Group, 1pm (every 3 weeks).

​Bookstart Bear Club for the under 5s, 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Business support sessions
 Open for Business
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10am-1pm

Talking Books - Reading Group, 2pm (third Thursday of the month).

Stop Smoking sessions, 10am-2pm (alternate Fridays, appointments only).

CVS drop-in, 1pm-3pm (first Friday of the month).

Events in our libraries

We have lots of special events and activities taking place in our libraries across the borough.

See events in libraries

Bookstart Bear Club sessions​

Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

​Find you next local Bookstart Bear Club sessions

IT training sessions

Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier, you can join our free IT courses whatever your skill level. From starting with a keyboard and mouse, email to shopping online and much more.

See a list of IT training sessions in libraries

Reading groups

Lots of people enjoy discussing books with other readers, many of our libraries host reading groups. Find a reading group near you.

How to get there

Central Library
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale
OL16 1XU

Rochdalecentrallibrary@rochdale.gov.uk
0300 303 8876

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​Access information

  • Pay and display parking including disabled bays nearby.​
  • Full disabled access.​

Contact

0300 303 8876

 

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It's FREE to join and only takes a couple of minutes to complete our secure form. You can use your account to:

  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eGraphicnovels ​to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Access a range of online resources from help with passing your driving theory test to historical newspapers.

Please remember to bring ID when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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