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Poole Central Library


Dolphin Centre
BH15 1QE

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About this library

Poole Central Library is situated on the second floor of the Dolphin Centre. This library has the following:

  • books, DVDs, BluRay, CDs and audiobooks for all the family to borrow and hire
  • computers with free access to the Internet and printing facilities 
  • free WiFi
  • photocopying 
  • fax facilities
  • daily newspapers and magazines to read in the library
  • tea & coffee available
  • self-service kiosks to issue and return your items to avoid queuing
  • 24/7 drop-box so you can return your items when the library is closed
  • ReadySpex Reading Glasses with strengths from 1.25 to 3.50 are available to purchase from £2.99

  • Business Enterprise Library
  • Seminar room for hire

Activities

  • Computer Buddy Drop-In Sessions 
    Tuesday 1pm to 4pm
    Wednesday 10am to 12pm
    Thursday 10am to 12pm
    Friday 10am to 12pm
    Saturday 10am to 1pm 
      
  • Citizen's Advice (Drop-in only, no booking required) 
    Monday 10am to 12pm
    Wednesday 10am to 12pm 
    Friday 10am to 12pm
  • Homework Club 
    Monday to Friday 3.30pm to 5pm
  • Dominoes Club
    Monday 10am to 11am
  • Monday Reading Group
    Once a month 2:30pm
  • Chatterbooks Reading Group
    4th Monday of the month 4.30pm - 5.30pm
  • Jobs Hub
    Tuesday 10am to 1pm
  • National Career Service
    Tuesday 25th April 10am - 12pm
    Tuesday 30th May 10am - 12pm
    Tuesday 27th June 10am - 12pm
    Free service to help you explore career options regardless of prior skills, qualifications and employment 
  • Colouring Club
    Tuesday 10am to 11am
  • Make Friends with a Book for adults
    Tuesday 2pm to 3pm
  • Bookstart Rhymetime for children under 5 
    Tuesday 10:30am to 11am and Thursday 11am to 11:30am
  • Little Picasso Storytime
    Wednesday 11am to 11.30am
  • Code Club
    Wednesday 4:30pm to 5:30pm - Term Time 
  • Wednesday Reading Group 
    Once a month 2:30pm
  • Monthly Family Mediation Drop-in
    1st Wednesday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Crossword Club
    Thursday 10am to 11am
  • Polish and English storytime for children
    2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 5.00pm to 5.45pm
  • Coffee and Games
    Friday 10am to 11am
  • Reading Group for the Visually Impaired 
    2nd Friday of the month 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Kidz Craft Club
    Saturday 11am to 12pm 
  • Children's Crafternoon
    Thursdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Games Club for Kids 
    Monday 4pm to 5pm
    Saturday  3pm to 4pm  
  • Lego Club
    Tuesday 4pm to 5pm
  • Poetry Reading Group
    Second Saturday of the month 10:30am to 12pm

Special events

To find out about special events and activities taking place at this library, go to our What's on for adults and children page.

Accessibility

The entrance to the library is on the second floor of the Dolphin Centre on the bus station side - there is a lift from the pavement by the bus station, and a flight of stairs next to it, as well as an escalator just inside the Centre by HMV. There is ample car parking in the Dolphin Centre car park.

More information on accessibility

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Contact us

email: libraries@poole.gov.uk
phone: 01202 262421

Opening times 

Monday - 9am to 6pm
Tuesday - 9am to 6pm
Wednesday – 9am to 6pm
Thursday - 9am to 6pm
Friday - 9am to 6pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
Sunday - closed