Bolton Library and Museum Services


Bolton Museum opens on Saturday 22 September

Come along to our family fun day to celebrate the opening of Bolton Museum on Saturday 22 September, from 9.30am to 4pm.

Explore our new galleries including the spectacular #BoltonsEgypt and we’ve got lots of free activities for you to join in.

We're so excited and hope that you can come and celebrate with us!

More details here

The Bolton Light Festival


18th October to 22nd November 2018

This year will include various community events and activities across the town centre and districts with a finale Lantern Light Parade Christmas Light Switch-On event on Thursday 22nd November.

Please check back for the full calendar of events.

More details about the light festival

All library and museum services closed Thursday 20th September

  • The Central Library will be closed all day on Thursday 20 September, for staff training.
  • ALL community libraries will be closed for staff training on Thursday 20 September, until 2pm.
  • Smithills Hall will also be closed for staff training on Thursday 20 September, until 2pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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