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

SAT
13
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
19
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
26
FEB
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
04
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
11
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
12
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
18
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
25
MAR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
01
APR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
08
APR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
09
APR
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
FRI
15
APR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
22
APR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
29
APR
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
FRI
06
MAY
Toddler Tales
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:11:00-11:30
Age range:2-4   
Cost: free
SAT
07
MAY
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
SAT
13
AUG
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
SAT
10
SEP
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
SAT
08
OCT
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
SAT
05
NOV
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free
SAT
03
DEC
Graphic Novel Reading Group
How to access this service:
Just come along
Time:15:30-16:30
Age range:14-100   
Cost: free

Upcoming events

Events in the next two weeks

SAT
13
FEB
Cinema at the Crescent - Minions
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-100   
Cost: free
WED
17
FEB
Cinema at the Crescent - Home
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-15   
Cost: free
SAT
20
FEB
Advanced Family History Course
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: £25.00
THU
03
MAR
World Book Day - An evening with John Donoghue
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:18:30-20:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
05
MAR
Advanced Family History Course
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: £25.00
WED
09
MAR
Silver Screenings - Far From The Madding Crowd
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
12
MAR
Cinema at the Crescent - The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:0-15   
Cost: free
SAT
19
MAR
Advanced Family History Course
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: £25.00
WED
23
MAR
Silver Screenings 'Chocolat' with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing
Bolton Central Library and Museum Le Mans Crescent
Time:14:00-16:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: free
SAT
02
APR
Advanced Family History Course
Bolton Central Library Le Mans Crescent
Time:10:00-12:00
Age range:16-100   
Cost: £25.00