HIVE Directory: Libraries

Baffins, Alderman Lacey library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Tangier Road
Copnor
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO3 6HU
02392 823991

Cosham Library

Cosham Library is currently closed for refurbishment.

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription. The library runs a 50+ craft club and rhymetimes as well as public access to computers for library users.

Spur Road
Cosham
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO6 3EB
02392 376023

Fratton Carnegie Library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription. The library runs Knit & Natter group, rhymetimes and Food for thought as well as public access to computers for library users.

Fratton Road
Fratton
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO1 5EZ
02392 822581

Home Library Delivery Service via the HIVE

Library delivery service available through HIVE Portsmouth

The library service is working with HIVE Portsmouth to offer a delivery service.

If you are staying home they can bring books, DVDs, and games to your door to help keep you entertained.

Simply call the HIVE community helpline on 023 9261 6709 to arrange a delivery and tell us what you would like.

You can choose from the following:

Types of books: adults, children; large print; audio books; theme; fiction, non-fiction; thriller / romance / adventure; favourite authors;
Other items: jigsaws, games, children’s DVDs, crafts, colouring sheets etc.

A volunteer will pick a selection of books and other items for you from the library and drop them off at your address – following social distancing guidelines.

Your books and other items will be picked up again after 4 weeks and a new selection delivered if you want to swap.

If you’re a fast reader or would like a collection earlier than 4 weeks – you can call the Hive community helpline back on 023 9261 6709 to arrange an earlier pick up and swap.

Unfortunately we can’t take request for specific books but our library staff can consider favourite authors and themes and provide a selection around what you are interested in.

Blind and visually-impaired residents will be put in touch with a member of library staff who will be able to advise on the many resources available for them.

All books, games, DVDs etc. will be sanitised in line with Public Health England guidance before they are delivered and when they are returned.

Social distancing measures are in place at libraries to ensure the safety of volunteers and library staff.

Libraries also have a huge online range of free resources, accessed with a library card and password, including eBooks; eAudiobooks; comics; magazines; newspapers (including The Portsmouth News) and music downloads. Visit our Free Fun page to find out more.

You can find out more about HIVE Portsmouth at on the HIVE website.

Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO1 2DX
023 9261 6709

Library Services for Visually Impaired Readers

These services have gone well above and beyond the provision of large print and audio books and have been recognised nationally, receiving the Libraries Change Lives Award in 2003 and another nomination in 2015.

The aim is to provide a needs based service to increase the independence and wellbeing of adults who are blind or vision impaired. The work is led by their Vision Impairment Services Officer (who is blind), supported by library staff and volunteers. Most of the users of this service are over 16 years of age. The local authority does provide support in schools for children so most of the library work has been with adults.

Portsmouth Library and Archives have been providing additional services to people with vision impairment for over fourteen years.

Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO1 2DX
02392 829923

Milton, Beddow Library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription. The library runs Rhymetimes andstorytimes, as well as public access to computers for library users.

Milton Road
Milton
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO4 8PR
02392 731848

North End library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription. The library runs a knit & Natter group, a scrabble club, Rhymetimes, storytimes, Craft clubs, Careers service advice & support and 50+ social group as well as public access to computers for library users.

Gladys Avenue
Northend
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO2 9AX
02392 662651

Paulsgrove Library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription and public access to computers for library users.

Marsden Road
Paulsgrove
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO6 4JB
02392 682750

Portsea, John Pounds Community Centre library

The John Pounds Community Centre Library is currently CLOSED. Please see available Libraries that are open below:

Libraries - coronavirus update
We advise residents that the only services currently open are:
• Central library
• Cosham library
• North End library
• Southsea library
• Mobile library
These branches currently operate under revised opening times:
Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed
All our other services will remain closed until further notice.

The library runs a number of activities as well as loaning books, CD's, DVD's and online magazine subscriptions.

23 Queen Street
Portsea
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO1 3HN
02392 297072

Portsmouth Central Library

In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown our libraries reopened on 12 April with the following services:

Browsing and borrowing books and resources
Portsmouth History Centre (at Central Library).
Click & Collect services
Access to PCs and printing
Photocopying
Visitor Parking Permits

Loaning of books, CD's, DVD's, magazine online subscription. The library runs coffee mornign for people affected by cancer, knit & Natter group, Rhymetimes, computer & reading group for the visually impaired, yoga sessions, a famility history drop-in, Careers service advice & support as well as public access to computers for library users.

Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
United Kingdom
PO1 2DX
023 9268 8057