Bolton Library and Museum Services


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Central Library and Museum reopening

Book browsing and public computers will be available at Central Library from Monday 13 July. Bolton Museum will be open from Tuesday 14 July.

All other buildings within Bolton Library and Museum Services are closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. 

We will continually review this decision in line with government guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back to our buildings as soon as we are able to. 


Order & Collect and Returning Books

From Monday 6th July you can order and collect books from 6 of our libraries. 

We will take your order and arrange for you to collect them from one of the following libraries: Central, Breightmet, Farnworth, Harwood, Horwich or Westhoughton.

Central Library will be open for Order and Collect between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays.

The other five libraries will be open for Order and Collect between 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday.

You can return all your books to these libraries as well.

There will be a beige container outside the libraries so you can drop off your books.

Safety of staff and the public remain the top priority, strict hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place and closely monitored.

All fines have been removed for the period of time libraries have been closed and will continue until further notice.

The council will review our other service areas.

You can still access a wide range of eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines and the Home Library Service will continue to deliver books.


Thank you for your continued support.


Stay connected with your library. Please note that during the COVID-19 situation;

Your membership gives you free instant access to a wide range of eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines:
If you’re not a member join online!
There are step-by-step instructions available here.
You can use a temporary membership number to access our eLibrary services.

Digital Help

If you need help getting online, you can access our Digital Help page here;



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