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Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre opening times 



10am to 5.30pm


9.30am to 7pm


9.30am to 1pm


9.30am to 5.30pm


9.30am to 7pm


9am to 4pm

Library opening times Christmas and New Year 2018/19

Christmas opening times
 Monday 24 December close at 1pm
 Tuesday 25 December closed
 Wednesday 26 December closed
 Monday 31 December close at 5pm
 Tuesday 1 January closed 

The library follows its normal opening and closing times for all other days.



Browse the library catalogue

Search for books, audiobooks, DVDs on the library catalogue

Hire a space

Find out how to hire a space in Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

Find out about borrowing e-books and audio books

Easy to use and free to library members.

Events at Dorchester Library

Get there with Travel Dorset

Search for a bus stop, timetables and departures for Chickerell Library.
Get more journey options and travel information.

Room hire information

For room booking enquiries please contact Skills and Learning -


The library offers a 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
  • free Wi-fi and internet access
  • 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 service is 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.


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

Use our picture journey of Dorchester Library to show you what to expect the first time you visit.

Floor plans of Dorchester Library

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Autism-friendly meeting room

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

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