Cumbria Libraries locations and opening times

In line with the lifting of government restrictions, all of Cumbria's 6 main libraries and most branch libraries are now open with revised opening hours, providing a COVID-safe environment where there really is something for everyone.

This means that book browsing, borrowing and returns are available as well as the key services that they have continued to deliver throughout lockdown - select and collect, online services and home delivery services. Other essential services can also be accessed at your library, including adult education courses and registrars.

For digital access to services we are asking customers to book in advance for access to computers to ensure the best and safest service possible.

Our new safety measures include:

  • Hand sanitiser stations are located at entrances and exits and customers are advised to use them
  • Signage and floor markings are in place to promote 2 metres social distancing and to help people find their way around safely and a one-way system is in operation in some of our larger libraries 
  • Customers are required to wear face coverings unless an exemption applies, and library staff will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment
  • Access to each library and its computers will be limited at first to 45 minutes to allow library staff to safely manage the number of visitors
  • Toilets and baby-changing facilities are temporarily closed to the public
  • Items returned late will no longer incur any overdue charges
  • Any returned books, including those borrowed before lockdown, will be quarantined for 72 hours before going back into circulation

As well as our libraries services, Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven Archive Centres will re-open to the public on Wednesday 14 April 2021. The new opening times are Wednesday to Friday from 9.30am to 1pm. Due to the Covid-19 situation those wishing to visit an Archive Centre will need to book an appointment. We also ask that you pre-order your document requests. Visit the Archives website for more information.


Services currently available from libraries: