The Bolton archives and local studies service

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.

Current Opening Conditions

  • The History Centre is accessible by pre booking only.
  • You can book by telephoning 01204 332185 - each booking will be time limited.
  • Access is currently limited to 3 members of the public at a time to ensure adequate social distancing. Currently 2 computers and 1 microfiche are available.

Our opening times are:

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

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.