Welcome to your world of information, knowledge, discovery and entertainment

Central Library is the largest of Bolton's public libraries. There is a large lending collection, a reference collection, study areas and a separate children's library. Bolton's Tourist Information Centre is also based here.

If you would like help with accessing any of these resources our Ask Bolton Libraries service can help!

As well as public computers, Central Library has wireless internet access, just ask the staff for details of how to logon to Wi-Fi when you next visit.  We have scanning facilities with a charge per page scanned. See the Library Charges page for more information.

We also have regular book groups where everyone is welcome - so come along and join in the fun.

Renew or search for items in the library catalogue 

You can search for items by author, title and keyword. There is also an option to refine your search if you find you are getting too many results.

The results screen will tell you which library has the item you want and where it can be found within that library.  The results will also tell you if the item is available for loan, and if not, when it is due to be returned to the library.

Opening hours

Please note, only a limited service is available within the Upfront area of the library until 9am.  

Day Times
Monday 8:15am - 7:30pm
Tuesday  8:15am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8:15am - 7:30pm
Friday  8:15am - 5:30pm 
Saturday  9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

To find out more about services we offer at Central Library, please go to the library services page. For location and contact details please see the contacts tab above.

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Bolton Library and Museum Services

Central Library

Le Mans Crescent

Bolton

BL1 1SE

Telephone 01204 333173
Telephone 01204 332384 24 hour automated line
Fax 01204 332225
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Opening times

Times are displayed in a 24 hour format.

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Upcoming activities

Activities in the next two weeks

FRI
26
DEC
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
02
JAN
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
09
JAN
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
16
JAN
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
17
JAN
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
FRI
23
JAN
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
30
JAN
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
06
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
13
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
14
FEB
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
FRI
20
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
27
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
06
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
13
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
14
MAR
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
FRI
20
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free

Upcoming events

Events in the next two weeks

SAT
10
JAN
Cinema at The Crescent - How to Train Your Dragon 2
Bolton Central Library and Museum
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
WED
14
JAN
Silver Screenings - The Book Thief
Bolton Central Library
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
THU
15
JAN
Meet the authors - Tess Gerritsen and Paula Hawkins
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:13:00-15:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
TUE
20
JAN
A talk and book launch with Ken Heathcote
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:18:00-19:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
MON
26
JAN
Don’t be blue - Fun creative writing workshop
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:30-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
MON
26
JAN
Just 6 Minutes of Reading
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:30-15:30
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
28
JAN
Feel Good with Reading
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:30-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
11
FEB
Silver Screenings - The Apartment
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
14
FEB
Cinema at The Crescent - Maleficent
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
SAT
28
FEB
So you want to get back before 1837? Family History workshops
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
07
MAR
So you want to get back before 1837? Family History workshops
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
11
MAR
Silver Screenings - Once More
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
14
MAR
So you want to get back before 1837? Family History workshops
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
08
APR
Silver Screenings - The Railway Man
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
13
MAY
Silver Screenings - Roman Holiday
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
WED
10
JUN
Silver Screenings - Blue Jasmine
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free