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Bank Holiday opening times 29 August

  • Bolton Central Library and Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm
  • Smithills Hall will be open from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Community Libraries will be closed.

Food and Drink Festival events at Bolton Library and Museum Services

As part of Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival we’ve got a fantastic programme of activities from joining the ‘Grow Gang’ to visiting ‘The Wonderful World of Willy Wonka’.

More details about events

Summer Reading Challenge 2016. The Big Friendly Read

The Big Friendly Read

Are you ready to take on this year's exciting Roald Dahl themed reading challenge?

Read on for details of how to sign up and about all our Summer Reading Challenge events.

Summer Reading Challenge details

Summer Holiday activities

This year's Summer Reading Challenge theme is 'The Big Friendly Read' and celebrates 100 years of the world's greatest story teller, Roald Dahl.

We’ve got a fun packed programme of Summer Reading Challenge and Olympic themed activities plus more at our venues across Bolton. Hope to see you there!

More details:

Events for July 2016

Events for August and September 2016


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