Closure for Improvements to Central Library

Middlesbrough Central Library will close to the public from Monday 4th December 2023 until Autumn 2024

A host of improvements will breathe new life into Middlesbrough Central Library while protecting its Carnegie-designed Grade II listed heritage.

Following a successful bid to the Cultural Development Fund, £5m will be invested across Central Library, MIMA, Middlesbrough Railway Station and The Auxiliary.

The ground floor of Central Library will be upgraded to incorporate a family focused library & learning space plus a seperate adult lending area. This area will be transformed into a captivating location to host events and activities promoting a lifelong love of literacy and creativity.

Central Library's original historic features will remain a key part of its offer, with planned improvements including a fully accessible passenger lift, new accessible toilets and baby-change facilities. There will also be a new flexible event space created along with a new IT suite and family history study space.

The Reference Library's historic features will remain unchanged, with adjoining rooms reconfigured to further improve the space for users.

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Reference Services

During the closure period, if you would like to view any of the titles located in the Reference library, we may be able to arrange for items to be sent to one of our other libraries and community hubs for you to access. 

For further information about this, or to enquire about using a microfilm reader,  please e-mail

Please note, access to these services may not always be possible. 

Central Library

Find the following services and more here:

  • Access to library services
  • Information on local public services
  • Free access to the internet and Wi-Fi
  • Space for advice services
  • Space for community meetings and activities
  • Early years activities 
  • Space for leisure activities
  • Photocopying and printing services
  • Employment support 
Exterior view of the Central Library

Contact Information

📍 Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY

📞 01642 729002


Currently closed for refurbishment.