Bolton Library and Museum Services


Central Library and Museum closed for refit

We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing back thousands of books from storage following the roof restoration work.

In order to reinstall the shelves and put the books back Bolton Central Library and Museum will be closed from Saturday 24 March and will reopen on Tuesday 27 March.

During this period the rest of Bolton’s libraries will be open and you can borrow books online.

We look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday March 27.

Easter Holiday Events

Have a cracking Easter with Bolton Library and Museum Services! There are lots of egg-citing activities taking place at our venues.

All the events are FREE and no need to book unless otherwise stated.

Full details here

Easter holiday opening times

Full details of opening times for all our services during the Easter break

Details of opening hours

Temporary closure of Bolton Museum

The Museum will be closed while work continues on our exciting new gallery development. We still have the Animals and Us exhibition and a selection from our art collection exhibited in the basement opposite the Aquarium.

Unfortunately, during this time, we cannot provide Museum enquiry and object loan services or accept new donations. This temporary situation will be reviewed in December 2017.


More detail on the museum closure and temporary exhibitions

Bolton Central Library's History Centre is now open following the refurbishment

Come and take a look around - our staff can tell you more about the resources and facilities that we have on offer.

See opening times

Support for Innovators and Business Start Ups

BIG Ideas Generator Logo

Big Ideas Generators!

Coming to a library near you

Funded by the Arts Council, Big Ideas Generators are supporting innovation and enterprise across 10 Greater Manchester library authorities. One team is working across the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, a first for the city region, offering one-to-one business information surgeries, “How to” sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities, as well as specialist training in skills such as 3D printing. The project is being delivered from June 2017 to March 2018.

Click here for more information

Work on Bolton Museum’s new tribute to ancient Egypt is now underway

A new gallery, entitled Bolton's Egypt, will be built in the museum’s current art gallery, history centre and temporary exhibition gallery.

It will feature a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and depict Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.

In order for the work to take place, the museum – which is situated on the top floor of the building – is now closed to the public for the duration of the project.

Find out more about Bolton's Egypt


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