Central Library Café Culture

Central Library Café Culture 

Café Culture serves speciality coffee, sandwiches, paninis, fruit and much more. 
If you have not been in recently to see the refurbished library why not take the chance now and enjoy a coffee at the same time. Free WiFi also available in the café.
Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.(Closed Wednesdays)

Stories, Songs and Rhymes

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Join us at the Central Children’s Library every Thursday for our weekly Book Chatter Book Play session. 

We’ll have lots of fun with stories, songs, and rhymes and then stay and play with toys and activities. 1.30-2.30pm, suitable for all pre-school children.

For more information contact the Central Children’s Library on tel: 01302 737991 

Corona virus closure

Front line library services in all 25 branches, including Central Library are still currently closed, however electronic services (ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics) are still operating.

We are busy planning for a phased re-opening of libraries with a new “order and collect” service to ensure we keep customers and staff safe.

Doncaster Central Library

Photo of Central Library

Introduction to the 
Central Library

The Central Library has the following departments:

  • Lending Services
  • Information Services on the 2nd floor
  • Central Children's Library
  • Facilities are available for meetings, exhibitions, talks and there are special activities and events for children in the Central Children's Library. See the Library Events Calendar web page for details.
  • All departments offer internet access. Library members can have free internet access for two hours a day after which there is a charge of £1.00 per hour or part thereafter. Guests are charged 50p for half an hour and £1.00 per hour or part thereafter (excluding under 16's or exempt borrowers).


The Opening times for the Central Library are:  

Opening Days

Central Library Departments Opening Times


9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.


9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.




9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. (6.00pm on floor 2)




9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.




The Central Children's Library has now moved on to floor 1 of the main Central Library.

Information Services

Information Services offer a public enquiry service and Reference Only access to:

  • Books
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Maps
  • Government Publications
  • Business Information (Company Information, Company Lists, Market Research, Trade and Business Directories, etc)
  • Census Data
  • UK & European Legislation
  • Information Leaflets


Other Services:  Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database and Presentation software, CD-Roms, Meeting Room/IT suite for hire, Fax Service (sending and receiving), Photocopier, Scanning Facilities, Study area and study rooms.
For a full list of the newspapers and journals held in the Central Library, please see the Journal Holdings Central Library document attached to this page.

Available in the Central Information Library

Ordnance Survey mapping for planning applications and building regulations

The Central Library is now able to provide ordnance survey mapping for customers applying for planning permission. The maps can be supplied as either paper prints or electronically as a PDF. We are able to offer a range of scales in both site plans and location mapping.  Prices are competitive and customers will have peace of mind that they have an up to date map with the correct licensing. 

Mapping is available for any location in England, Scotland, and Wales.
VAT is charged at the current rate on data purchases. Paper mapping is VAT free. For more information see the document attached to this page.

Central Children's Library

Any child from 0 to 16 may join the Library. An application form will need to be countersigned by a parent or guardian and proof of identity will be required. The Children's Library offers:

Lending Services:

Books, Paperbacks, Large Print Books including storybooks, Poems, Jokes, board, picture books, touch and feel, lift the flap, DVD's & Videos, Spoken Word Cassettes.


Other Services:

Reference Books, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, database and presentation software, school visits.

*Activities at the Children's Library include:

Storytelling, craft sessions, the annual Summer reading game.

Lending Services

The Lending Services offer:

Lending Services:

Books, Paperbacks, Large Print Books, Music CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs

Other Services:

Word Processing, Spreadsheets, database and presentation software, CD-Roms, Meeting Rooms, Scanning Facilities.
Joining the Library and Membership

To find out how to join a Library please visit the following web page:

Joining the Library

To find out what you can borrow, and other membership information please visit the following web page:

A Guide for Library Members

Services for Visually Impaired People

We provide a free confidential transcription service.  Printed documents are transcribed into an accessible format:  Braille, audio or large print.

Braille or large print greetings can be produced to attach to Christmas and greetings cards for visually impaired family and friends.

Large print and talking books in cassette, CD and MP3 are available to borrow free of charge from all Doncaster libraries. eAudio & eBooks books can also be downloaded from our digital libraries.

We have two Visually Impaired Readers Groups. One meets every second Tuesday in the Central Library from 1.30-3.00pm. The morning group meets bimonthly on the third Wednesday at 10.30am. Books are loaned on CD. Join us for refreshments and a chat.

 For more information contact:

Christine Zagraba
Central Library Operations Manager
Central Library
Email: chris.zagraba@doncaster.gov.uk
Telephone: 01302 734308

Fees and Charges

Please visit the following page for details of fees and charges: Library Fees and Charges


Please visit the following page for a list of events taking place at this library and other community libraries: Library Events Calendar

How to find us  This links to Google maps which shows the location of the Central Library (this will open a new window)


Contact us

Email: Central Library

01302 734314 - Lending Enquiries
01302 734315 - Renewals
01302 734320 - Reference
01302 734470 - FAX (Floor 2)

01302 734307 - Local Studies

Doncaster Central Library, Waterdale, Doncaster, 

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