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Chester Library at Storyhouse

Please note: following the latest advice from Public Health England about social distancing we will be temporarily closing all libraries to the public from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice.

To help customers to continue using our service we have:

  • Extended all loans until the end of August (we will continue to review this as necessary)
  • Halted any new fines 
  • Removed the limit on all renewals
  • Removed the charge for holds not collected
  • Remember you can also access eBooks, audio downloads, eMagazines and eResources, free of charge. 

You can renew your loans using the Cheshire Libraries Catalogue or phone 0300 123 7739 for 24 hour renewals. You can also email

Chester library at Storyhouse

Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

Opening hours

Library staff are available during the following hours.

  • Monday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Tuesday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Wednesday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Thursday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Friday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 8.30am - 7pm
  • Sunday: 9.30am - 6pm

The library is also accessible during Storyhouse opening hours. These are:

  • Monday - Saturday: 8am - 11pm
  • Sunday: 9.30am - 11pm


Storyhouse will provide access to computers, printing, scanning and copying facilities.

Meeting rooms

The library has meeting rooms which can be hired by community groups and businesses. Charges and details can be found on our meeting room hire page.

Regular activities


  • Under 5s storytime
    10.15am  - 10.45am, weekly.
  • Under 5s storytime
    11.15am  - 11.45am, weekly.
  • Learning French Together
    7.30pm - 9.30pm, twice a month, in the meeting room. For French language learners and speakers from across the borough who are trying to improve their knowledge of the language. This is a diverse group, from complete beginners to native speakers, learning French in a friendly atmosphere. Informal group meeting.
  • English conversation
    Restarting in September


  • Family History sessions
    10am - 12pm, drop in basis. Help and support for those researching their family history, with guidance on the range of genealogical resources available.
  • Scrabble club
    10am - 12noon, fortnightly.
  • Reading group
    1pm - 2pm, monthly.


  • Under 5s rhymetime
    10.15am - 10.45am, weekly.
  • Under 5s rhymetime
    11.15am - 11.45am, weekly
  • Sew Cool Chester
    7pm - 9pm, fortnightly, in The Den. Free needle craft sessions for adults
    (16+ years). Come and learn a new skill or share your needle work expertise
    with others.


  • Audio book club for blind and partially sighted people
    10.30am - 11.30am, monthly.
  • #Writeherewritenow
    7.30pm - 9pm, last Thursday of the month, in the meeting room. Free writing group which allows you to express yourself in a supportive environment. With workshop-style activities and occasional guest speakers, based around Storyhouse events.


  • Work Club
    9.30am - 4.30pm, weekly. Drop in to the work club (run by Chester Work Zone) and get support and advice on C.V.s, interview techniques, online job searching, vocational qualifications as well as links to employers.
  • Digital Buddies @Here and Now workshop
    10 - 11am, weekly, in the meeting room. Free workshops for 50+years, run by college and university students, from learning how to skype family to using a comparison site to find the best deals.
  • Under 1s rhymetime
    10.15am - 10.45am, weekly
  • Under 1s rhymetime
    11.15am - 11.45am, weekly in term time, for library members.
  • Digital Buddies @Here and Now drop ins
    12pm - 1pm, weekly, in the meeting room. Free drop in sessions for 50+ years. Digital help provided by college and university students.
  • Relish wellbeing reading group
    2pm - 3.30pm, weekly, join a sociable group, to read and talk - no home reading required.


  • Crochet and knitting club
    1.30pm - 3.30pm, monthly.
  • Science fiction and fantasy readers group
    2pm - 3.30pm, monthly.
  • Family Saturdays
    10am - 3pm, weekly, in The Den. Arts and crafts sessions related to the 11am film.


  • Sunday Crafts 
    11am – 3pm, weekly. Free arts and crafts for all the family, in The Den.

For other events and activities and information about Storyhouse, visit the Storyhouse website.

Where is the library? How do I get there?

Directions: Chester Library is situated in the heart of the City of Chester on Hunter Street - it can be found close to the Town Hall and the cathedral

Public transport: Chester Library is easily reached by bus, train or car

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