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.

Our opening times are:

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

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.