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
28
NOV
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
05
DEC
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
12
DEC
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
19
DEC
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
20
DEC
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
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

Upcoming events

Events in the next two weeks

SAT
22
NOV
Happy Birthday Kipper!
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:13:00-15:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
SAT
29
NOV
Open University information session
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:09:30-16:30
Age range:18-100   
Cost: free
TUE
02
DEC
Start Up Engines - Selling Online
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:18:00-19:30
Age range:18-100   
Cost: free
TUE
02
DEC
Live Literature series: Simon Holloway and Helen Mort
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:19:00-20:30
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
WED
10
DEC
Silver Screening - Philomena
Lecture Theatre 1 Bolton Central Library
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:12-100   
Cost: free
SAT
13
DEC
Cinema at the Crescent - Frozen
Lecture Theatre 1 Bolton Central Library
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:6-100   
Cost: free
SAT
20
DEC
Theatre on Film - Alice in Wonderland
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:30-11:30
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
SAT
20
DEC
Christmas stories, songs and crafts
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:13:00-15:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free