Bolton Library and Museum Services


Christian Hook's Amir Khan portrait is now on display!

We were proud to welcome Chrsitian Hook's portrait of Boxer Amir Khan to our collection on Wednesday 28 January. The portrait helped Christian to win the Sky Portrait Artist of the year 2014.

Amir came to welcome the painting to the building and said - "It's great, I really like it. Being a Boltonian I'm really pleased that it's on display in Bolton Museum."

The artwork is now part of our permanent collection so come along and see it for yourselves.

Read more about the portrait here

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!

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Bolton's library service. Find information about branch opening times and all our other services.

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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.

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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.

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Historic Halls

History and visitor information about our historic halls: Hall i' th' Wood Museum and Smithills Hall.

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