Bolton Library and Museum Services


The Spirit of Manchester Award is now at Bolton Central Library

In the Manchester Evening News' 2019 Pride of Manchester Awards, the entire region of Greater Manchester was recognised with the "Judges' Special Award: The Spirit of Manchester" for its strength, courage and resolve following the Arena bombing.

The Award is travelling across Greater Manchester and is now on display at Bolton Central Library until Sunday 29 September.


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