Bolton Library and Museum Services


Bank Holiday opening times - Monday 26 August

Bolton Central Library, Museum and Aquarium will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Smithills Hall will be open from 12pm to 4pm.

All the Community Libraries will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.


Summer holiday activities

Browse through our fun packed summer line up featuring free activities across all of our services.

All the listed events are free, drop in sessions suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

For certain events booking is required so please check events for details.

Summer events details


Bolton's library service. Find information about branch opening times and all our other services.

Libraries section


Come and enjoy amazing history, art, culture and activities in our accessible and family friendly galleries.

Museum section


Browse archives indexes and plan your visit to the History Centre based at Bolton Museum.

Archives section

The Aquarium

Greater Manchester's only public aquarium, based in the Central Library and Museum building.

Aquarium section

Ask Bolton Libraries

A boroughwide Enquiry Service providing quick, thorough responses to questions sent by phone, fax, letter or email.

Ask Bolton Libraries section

Historic Halls

History and visitor information about our historic halls: Hall i' th' Wood Museum and Smithills Hall.

Historic Halls section