Bolton Library and Museum Services


Important information for visitors to all our library services

Computer system and catalogue down time

Due to essential maintenance there will be a significant period of network downtime scheduled to take place over the following weekends:-

  • From 6.00pm on Friday 27th November until 8.00am on Monday 30th November
  • From 6.00pm on Friday 4th December until 8.00am on Monday 7th December       

During this time the following services at all our sites will be unavailable:

  • People’s Network PCs (public computers)
  • library catalogues
  • self-service kiosks
  • telephone renewal service

Smithills Hall Tea Room

Visitors to Smithills Hall can now enjoy a cuppa with their culture.

The new pop-up tea room which is now open at Smithills Hall, offers afternoon tea, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and ice cream.

Smithills Hall Tea Room


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