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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

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Planning for library re-opening

We know you have missed using your local library, so we are delighted to be providing an order and collect service from 8 July, following government advice. The re-opening plans, putting the safety of our customers and employees first, enable customers to order their preferred categories of books and other items to collect at an allocated time. We’re all excited about returning to some normality, although things will obviously be very different for a while!

Our much-loved virtual services will continue on Facebook and online, including digital events as well as digital resources like: e-books, audiobooks and magazines.

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Visiting us

South Walks House
Charles Street
01305 224440
Get directions to Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

Opening times

Monday: 10am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am to 7pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 1pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 9:30am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed


There are no upcoming events at Dorchester Library and Learning Centre. See a list of events at other libraries in Dorset

Clubs and activities

Find out details and times of regular clubs and activities at Dorchester Library and Learning Centre:

Services and facilities

The library offers a range of services including:

Tourist Information Centre

Located on the ground floor, the knowledgeable staff can provide information about Dorchester and the surrounding area:

  • accommodation bookings and availability information
  • tickets and travel times for coach and ferry operators
  • tickets for local events, attractions and theatres
  • maps and local interest books on sale

Dorchester Tourist information Centre

Skills and Learning

Skills and Learning Adult Community Education offer a range of courses throughout the year including daytime, evening and weekend programmes.  There is a wide choice of courses including Arts and Crafts, English, Maths, Computing Counselling, Job Clubs and Employability Support.

Dorset Police contact point

Information about the Dorset Police contact point sessions


Floor plans of Dorchester Library

Find floor plans of Dorchester Library:

Autism-friendly meeting room

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre has a bookable autism-friendly meeting room; please ask staff for details.

If you need this in a different format, email us.


Volunteering at a library

Find out about volunteering at libraries.

Information for schools and teachers

Find information for schools and teachers.

Information for teenagers

Find information for teenagers.


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