Ballymena Central Library




​Libraries NI has announced its plans to reduce opening hours in its 14 busiest libraries in order to live within its allocated budget. A public consultation is taking place from the 17 May to 17 July in order to identify the most suitable pattern of hours in the libraries concerned. It is proposed that the opening hours in the 14 busiest libraries will be reduced from 54 and 50 hours to 45 hours accordingly, as the current hours are no longer affordable. 

Customers are being consulted about proposed new opening hour patterns.
We welcome your feedback so please fill in the online questionnaire available here.​


 Library Contact


Branch Manager\Contact:
Elizabeth Cook
5 Pat's Brae
BT43 5AX
t:028 2563 3950
f:028 2544 2429
Minicom:028 2563 3950
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 Opening Hours


Opening hours for Ballymena Central Library
Monday:10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday:9:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday:9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday:10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday:9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday:9:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday:Closed on Sunday


 Library Location


Ballymena Central Library location map

 Library Services

Books Audio books Children's audio books
Large print books DVDs Internet
Storytimes Class visits Public Computers
Disabled access Exhibition space Fax service
Photocopier Printer Public Lift
Scanner Coffee / Tea Machine Newspapers

 Library Events

Event TitleDetailsStart DateEnd DateTime
Rhythm & Rhyme (2 sessions)

​Song and rhyme session fro 0 - 4 year olds every Friday.

2 Sessions: 10:00am - 11:00am and 11:30am - 12:30pm

Bookings can be placed on the Thursday prior to session from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.
1 Adult with accompanying child/children.

12/02/2016 10:00am - 11:00am and 11:30am - 12:30pm
Teenage Reading Group
The 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Junior reading group for children aged 12-14.
Groups encourage members to read for pleasure, read adventurously and share their opinions (good or bad!) on books and authors.

Elizabeth Cook​
10/11/2015 15:45 - 16:45
Adult Reading Group
The 1st Thursday of every month.

Facilitated by Karen Rushbury-Reynolds.
This group aims to allow everyone’s reading experiences to be shared and enjoyed.

This is a drop in group with the Book of the Month being put on display in the branch the month before the discussion. There is no need to ‘join’ – just pop in when it suits if you have enjoyed the book – or even if you haven’t!
Contact staff
028 2563 3950
05/11/2015 13:00 - 14:00
Knit and Natter Groups
Weekly on Thursdays.

A group for anyone who enjoys knitting, crochet, cross stitch and other crafts. Share hints and tips, swap patterns, meet new people and learn new skills.
Bring whatever you are working on at the moment or start a new project.

Roberta McAuley
028 2563 3950
05/11/2015 18:30 - 19:30
VIP Group

The Visually Impaired Group​

Group meetings held 2nd Monday of each month - please contact branch for confirmation.​

Combining local information and social interaction with listening to short stories or anecdotes, this select group would welcome any newcomers.

Please contact Anne McKillop at the branch for more information.

Anne McKillop
028 2563 3950

24/11/2014 11:30 - 13:00
Adult Reading Group
The 1st Monday​ of every month.

This group aims to allow everyone’s reading experiences to be shared and enjoyed.
Participants don’t have to be library members but if you join, you can borrow the book the group will be discussing for free.

Denise Allison
028 2563 3950
03/11/2014 18:30 - 19:30