Bolton Library and Museum Services


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

Ken Heathcote Book Launch Postponed.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen production issues, we have had to cancel Ken Heathcote's book launch, which was due to take place on Thursday 4 December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

This event will be rescheduled in the New Year.

We hope you will be able to join us then!

Start Up Engines - Selling Online

Ask Bolton Libraries and Business Bolton are running a free Business Start Up  event on Tuesday 2 December  from 6pm till 7.30pm. The event is the forth in a series of events to showcase ideas for business start-up and provide helpful advice on how to get started.

Maggie Harding, owner of online vintage clothes shop Garbo will share her experience of the different ways of selling online and give tips and advice.

Book your free place on this event

Historic Halls

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

Historic Halls section


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

Ask Bolton Libraries

A boroughwide Enquiry Service providing quick, thorough responses to questions sent by phone, fax, letter or email.

Ask Bolton Libraries 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