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Rochdale Central Library

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


Activities at the library


  • 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)​


  • O2 Guru help and advice,​ 10am-12noon​ (Started Tuesday, 17 January 2017, every fortnight)
  • Reading Group, 1pm (every 3 weeks)
  • Stop Smoking sessions, 1pm-5pm (appointment only)


  • ​Bookstart Bear Club for the under 5s, 1.30pm-2.30pm
  • IT Session, 2pm - 4pm​


  • ​​​IT Session, 10am - 12noon


  • Stop Smoking sessions, 9am-1pm (appointment only)
  • CVS drop-in, 1pm-3pm (first Friday of the month)​


  • Story and Craft Activity, 11.30am-12.30pm (on the first and third Saturday of each 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

Rochdale Central Library
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
OL16 1XU
0300 303 8876


​Access information

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


0300 303 8876

8am-6pm Monday to Friday​

Join the library

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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