Bolton Library and Museum Services


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Daily themed activities and object stories, free ebook and emagazine downloads and much more!

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Bringing the Library, Museum, Art Gallery, Archives and Aquarium to you at Home!

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Bolton Library and Museum buildings are now closed

All buildings within Bolton Library and Museum Services are closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. 
We will continually review this decision in line with government guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back to our buildings as soon as we are able to. 
All existing loan due dates and reservation collection dates have been extended by 90 days. If any fines are incurred at this time these will be waived by staff when the customer is able to return their books.


Stay connected with your library. Please note that during the COVID-19 situation; 

Your membership gives you free instant access to a wide range of eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines:
If you’re not a member join online!
There are step-by-step instructions available here.
You can use a temporary membership number to access our eLibrary services.

Digital Help

If you need help getting online, you can access our Digital Help page here;



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