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I am lucky enough to have a library card which allows me to borrow books from the stunning Bristol Central Library but even if you don’t, its appearance is so beautiful it can be enjoyed by book lovers from all over the word who wish to visit.

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Situated on College Green, Bristol, this historic building houses the public library’s main collections. First Opened in 1906, this amazing Edwardian building has since been designated as a Grade I listed building by Historic England. The stunning exterior includes brass door signs and above the windows are 21 carvings of British literary figures such as Chaucer.

Brass door sign for Bristol Central Library

Brass door sign for Bristol Central Library

Carvings of literary figures on the Bristol Central Library

Carvings of literary figures on the Bristol Central Library

The interior design varies throughout the building including; marble floors, turquoise mosaic ceiling archways, and chandeliers in the main entrance area.

Mosaic and marble interiors

Mosaic and marble interiors

The reference reading room has high ceilings with windows, which allow plenty of natural light in. It is filled with wooden desks for researchers to peruse the reference books which cannot leave the library. Their online catalogue lists items after 1985, older items can be found in their card catalogues or with the help of a librarian.

Reference reading room

Reference reading room

reference reading room

Reference reading room

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Reference reading room

Reference library card catalogue

Reference library card catalogue

It is in the reference room where you can also find an original book lift used for transporting books from one floor of the library to another, however, this is no longer in use.

Book lift

Book lift

The children’s library is by the café. Here children can see some of their favourite book characters including Tracy Beaker perched on top of the bookshelves. There’s even a boat for children to play in or, of course, read in.

Children's library

Children’s library

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Children’s library

The main lending library is situated on the ground floor, home to a fairly large collection of literature. This area has a slightly more modern look that the reference library, but the bookcases match those that found in the reference reading room.

Main lending library

Main lending library

If you’re ever in Bristol I would highly recommend visiting this lovely library, in particular, the reference reading room to see it in all its historic elegance.

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