Members of the public must wear a face covering in all library and museum spaces

To keep everyone safe, visitor numbers will be restricted. Visits will be limited to one hour and some games and interactive displays will remain off limits.

Hand sanitising stations will be available. A one-way system will aid social distancing while public toilets will be closed.

You will be asked to provide your contact details when entering to help with test and trace or check in using the NHS covid-19 app.

The museum shop will be open - just ask a member of staff for help if you want to buy something.

Check back here and on our Facebook page for updates to our opening time and access to services.


Bolton central library opening times

Bolton central library is open for browsing and access to public computers.

Monday 9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday  9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday  9:00am - 5:30pm 
Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday      CLOSED

Bolton history centre

The history centre is accessible by pre-booking only. Bookings can be made by phoning 01204 332853 and each booking will be time limited. Access will be limited to 3 members of the public at a time to ensure adequate social distancing and resources available within are limited to 2 PC's and 1 microfilm/fiche reader.

Monday      CLOSED
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
Sunday      CLOSED

Bolton museum and art gallery opening

Bolton museum and art gallery is open.

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

The aquarium will be closed for the foreseeable future.


Historic halls

Hall i'th' Wood and Smithills Hall are open to visit.

  Hall i'th' Wood Smithills Hall
Monday CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday  10:00am - 4:00pm CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday CLOSED 10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday  CLOSED  10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday  10:00am - 4:00pm CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED 10:00am - 4:00pm

Visitors to Smithills Hall will have to book a time slot for their visit via Evenbrite.

For a visit in October, book a slot here.

For a visit in November, book a slot here.


Branch Libraries Opening Times

All our branches are now open for browsing and access to public computers.

  Blackrod Breightmet Bromley Cross Farnworth Harwood High Street Horwich Little Lever Westhoughton
Monday 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 12:30pm 1:00pm - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday  CLOSED 9:00am - 7:00pm 2:00pm - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 12:30pm - 5:30pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday CLOSED 9:00am - 12:30pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1:00pm - 5:30pm CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday  CLOSED 9:00am - 1:00pm  CLOSED 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm CLOSED 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday  9:00am - 12:30pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:30pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

Test and trace

In line with the UK government test and trace programme, we have been asked to collect personal data about anyone who is spending a prolonged period of time in our buildings.

If you are browsing at the central library, using our computing facilities or visiting the Museum, we will need to take some information from you.

This is voluntary and will include your name, contact number and date/time you arrived and left the library.

We will only keep your data for 21 days and then it will be securely destroyed.

Your data will always be kept securely and only be saved on the secure Bolton IT network.

You can also check into the building using the NHS Covid-19 app.

For more information, see the relevant policies below:

Library and Museum Visitor Test and Trace Policy

Library Computer User Test and Trace Policy


Home library service

If you are vulnerable or shielding due to Covid-19 or would usually be unable to visit the library due to health or mobility issues, you can register for the home library service.

Once you have joined the service, you will be asked to give an idea of what you like to read and our staff will choose books to match your preferences.

Ordinary print, large print and talking books can all be borrowed or requested. Staff will deliver up to six items and borrowers can keep hold of them for two weeks, after which we will pick them up.

For more information or to register with the service, telephone 01204 332853 or email homelibraryservice@bolton.gov.uk.