Organisation Name
Bath Central Library

Bath & North East Somerset Council has Libraries in Bath; Weston Village; Moorland Rd Bath; Paulton; Midsomer Norton; Radstock; Keynsham; and Saltford. 1 mobile library visits rural and outlying areas on a fortnightly rota. .

Computer Access is available in all libraries. There are concessionary rates for disabled borrowers and some on benefits.

Large print keyboards, trackball ,screen reading software and hearing loops are available.

The Home Library Service is available for residents of B&NES with mobility or other disabilities who cannot get to a library. For enquiries about using this service please call 01225 394041 for details.

The Home Library service is run largely by volunteers. For volunteering opportunities please contact Mike Plows, Volunteer Centre, Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AN. Tel: 01225 338105. Email -

All Libraries have Large print books , audio books and DVDs with subtitling. Bath Library also has music CDs .
Free e-audiobooks and e-books can be downloaded via the LibrariesWest website
There are meeting rooms, an exhibition room and display space for hire.

Books on Prescription collections are available in every library. These are books recommended by healthcare professionals covering mental health and wellbeing issues. They can be reserved free of charge from the Libraries website
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Bath Library is above Waitrose Supermarket and is accessible by lift, escalator or by stairs.

There are toilet facilities on the same floor adjacent to the Waitrose Cafe

Organisation Type
Statutory Service
This organisation provides support around
Socialising / Out and About Emotional Support Living, Learning, Working
Bath and North East Somerset
Is there a cost for these services?
Contact for details
Cost information

Some loans (excluding books, which are free) are charged for, but there are usually concessions for people with disabilities. Many services are free to all. Contact the library or check: for further details.

Do you offer concessions?
Concessions information

Concessions are subject to alteration, please enquire at any B&NES library, or check online at: or ask at any library.

How can people access this service?
Self Referral
Business Hours
MondayFrom 09:30To 18:00
TuesdayFrom 09:30To 19:00
WednesdayFrom 09:30To 19:00
ThursdayFrom 09:30To 19:00
FridayFrom 09:30To 17:00
SaturdayFrom 09:30To 17:00
SundayFrom 13:00To 16:00

Primary Organisation Details

Primary Address Details

Address 1
19 The Podium
Address 2
Northgate Street
Bath and NE Somerset

Organisation Contact Methods


Venue Address Details

Contact Details

Contact Name
Valerie Bearne
Job title / Position
Community Engagement Manager

Venue Contact Methods


Service Descriptions

Services Available to People at Home

Home Library Service
24/7 website at
24/7 renewals line 0845 002 0777


Helpline service?

Helpline Details

Council Connect
Telephone number
Cost per minute
Standard call charges apply
Will calls I make to this helpline show on my bill?
SMS/Text Messages


General Accessibility

Tick here to add details of how your services is accessible to people with a physical disability.

Access Questions

Are there bus stops nearby?
Approx. distance?
Bus numbers?
Is there a rail station nearby?
Approx. distance?
1/2 mile
Is there a car park nearby?
Approx. distance?
Underneath Bath Central Library. Access via lift / stairs / escalator
Is there parking for disabled drivers on site or outside the building?
If so, how many spaces?
Disabled parking telephone
Is there on-street parking in close proximity to the premises?

External Access

Do the premises feature non-revolving automatic external doors?
Are external doors 900mm or more wide with flat thresholds?
Are external doors non sprung?
Are there external steps?
If so, how many?
6 on one access route, but there is level access too.
Do these steps have a handrail?
Are the edges of the steps a contrasting colour to the steps?

Internal Access

Do the premises feature non-revolving automatic internal doors?
Is there an induction loop / induction coupling at the premises?
Please supply any further information relevant to your induction loop / induction coupling

It is currently restricted to the enquiry desk.

Can people with an assistance dog access the service accompanied by their dog?
Is there provision for assistance dogs? (Water bowl and toilet area)

Water available on request. If anything else is needed, just ask.

Does the toilet have a minimum size of 2200mm × 1500mm
Does the toilet have a minimum door size of 1000mm
Does the toilet have grab rails - 2x horizontal?
Does the toilet have grab rails - 2x vertical?
Is the height of the reception desk at the premises between 750mm and 850mm?


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