Bolton Library and Museum Services


Christmas opening times

All of our buildings are closed on Thursday 25 December, Friday 26 December and Thursday 1 January.

Central Library and Horwich Library will close at 4pm and Breightmet Library at 12.30pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Welcome to your eLibrary!

Our new eBooks service allows you to download eBooks onto your computer, eBook reader, tablet or smartphone completely free of charge!

Our new and free eAudiobooks service allows you to download spoken word digital books to your computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player!

Go to the eLibrary

Business Event; Book Launch with Ken Heathcote

Join us as local author and entrepreneur Ken Heathcote talks about marketing for small businesses and launches his new book, a manual for promoting your business.

Ken's book Low Cost Marketing and Advertising: How to Promote Your Business Successfully  will be launched on Tuesday 20th Janury 2015, 6pm – 7pm
in the Museum Foyer.

This event is free and there is no need to book.


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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