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Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

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Easter closure

This library will be closed on Friday 30 March, Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April.  The library follows its normal opening and closing times for all other days.  The Tourist Information Centre will be operating in the foyer only on Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March from 10am to 3pm.

Opening times

In adverse weather conditions or other circumstances there may be a library closure. Find out if this library is affected (opens in a new window).



10am to 5.30pm


9.30am to 7pm


9.30am to 1pm


9.30am to 5.30pm


9.30am to 7pm


9am to 4pm


Dorchester Library and Learning Centre, South Walks House, Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

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Room hire information

For room booking enquiries please contact Skills and Learning -


The library offers access to a wide range of services including books for adults and young people, feature films and music to hire, reference and information services, library gets lively and rhyme time sessions. It also provides free Wi-fi and internet access.  A 24/7 returns service is now available at the Library and Learning Centre. 

Dorset Police contact point

A volunteer supported Dorset Police Contact Point is available in Dorchester Library and Learning Centre.  Following changes to Dorset Police counter service provisions, the Force is working in partnership with Dorset County Council libraries to implement the first of its pilot contact points at Dorchester Library and Learning Centre.  The new service will be open every Monday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm to provide convenient online services, 101 telephone access and crime prevention information to the local public.  Outside these hours ask library staff to help you get online.  Information on how to access Dorset Police services (opens in a new window)


Wheelchair accessible entrance, buggy/pushchair access, full internal access, allocated disabled parking, accessible lift.

A picture journey (word, 5Mb) (opens in a new window) - designed to show you what to expect when visiting Dorchester Library and Learning Centre for the first time.

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Library Plan - first floor (pdf, 225kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Library Plan - Lower Ground Floor (pdf, 380kb) (opens in a new window)

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Library Plan - Upper Ground Floor (pdf, 324kb) (opens in a new window)

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

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