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Chester Library at Storyhouse

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:


The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway but there’s still plenty of time to complete the reading mission with our Animal Agents. There are lots of rewards too and some fabulous events in libraries.

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge events page on the Your West Cheshire website for the full programme of events.


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

Regular activities


  • Under 5s storytime
    10.15am  - 11.15am, 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.
  • Codeup Chester
    7pm - 9pm, third Tuesday of every month, using the Reading Room PCs. CodeUp is the adult version of Code Club and provides free, friendly adult coding tuition on a drop in basis. This is for adults (16+ years) who have no former knowledge of programming and want to learn in an open, friendly and supportive environment.


  • 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.


  • Moo Music
    9.30am - 10.30am (not yet walking) and 10.30am - 11.30am (walkers), weekly, in The Den. These are free, interactive music sessions for 0 to 5 year old children and their parents, grandparents or carers. Singing, dancing, playing and learning for all ages. The sessions are £4 for younger children (not yet walking) and £5 for older  children (walkers).
  • Work Zone online basics
    9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly. Basic computer IT tuition for job seekers.
  • Audio book club for blind and partially sighted people
    10.30am - 11.30am, monthly.
  • Arthritis care drop in
    10am - 12pm, third Thursday of the month. For anyone with arthritis related conditions, their families, friends and carers. Information is provided about the condition, with self-help tips on ways to live with arthritis and what support is available.  
  • #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.
  • Friday Night Writers
    6.30pm - 8.30pm, fortnightly, in the meeting room. Led by award-winning local writer K.C. Finn, these are creative writing sessions designed for both new and experienced writers of all genres and forms. Each workshop begins with an inspiration session to get you writing, followed by a taught section to hone specific techniques and skills. Writers will also have the chance to workshop their material with K.C. and the group and later sessions will include talks by guest writers. The cost is £5 per session.


  • 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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