The Bolton archives and local studies service

Bolton Central Library Relocation

Bolton Central Library is now located in the Crompton Place Shopping Centre.  We will be offering a full range of services from this location while renovation work is carried out in our main location.

Bolton Museum and Aquarium will remain open throughout the library renovation.

We are based in the History Centre at Bolton Central Library and provide a wide range of material relating to the Bolton area, which is complemented by collections of local interest items in our libraries.

The Central Library has a large collection of local history items for loan, including books and DVDs.

Visitors will be asked to social distance. Currently 4 computers and 3 microform readers are available.

Our opening times are:

Monday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 4:30pm

Other libraries

At Westhoughton, Horwich, Harwood and Farnworth libraries we have significant collections of material relating specifically to those areas and these include original documents.

Westhoughton Library houses the Pretoria Pit Collection and Horwich Library holds material on the Horwich Loco Works.

Every community library has a smaller selection of local studies material for reference and for loan.