Bolton Schools Library and Museum Service (BSLMS) is here to provide schools with a service that meets all your library and museum needs.

Bolton Schools Library and Museum Service

Tudor Smithills

Our project loans and class set services have now resumed and details of how to order these are below.

We are also here to help with any other queries relating to libraries and reading, or support we can give your school through the wealth of knowledge and information within the Museum and Historic Halls.

Just contact us either on 01204 338121 or via email  We also have a closed Facebook Group just for teachers within Bolton. Please consider joining as we will release news of new initiatives, CPDs and project opportunities on this group first. 

Booking School Visits, Workshops and Resources

If you would like to borrow Class Sets or Project Loans from the Schools' Library and Museum Service, or book a School Visit to the Museum or Historic Halls, follow the appropriate instructions below.

Project Loans

Project loans may be requested up to one term in advance and are allocated on a first come first served basis and are loaned on the basis of one per class per full term. 

The boxes are delivered at the beginning of every term and are collected at the end.  We do not offer a delivery and collection service at half terms but schools are welcome to return projects themselves and swap for another. 

If projects are not returned this may affect the number the school can borrow the following term.

Send an email to with the following information:

  1. Teacher Name
  2. School Name
  3. Year Group
  4. Topic (please try to limit to a maximum of 3 subjects per box)
  5. Which term the box is required for (Autumn, Spring or Summer)    

Class Sets

Class sets may be booked up to two terms in advance and contain a minimum of 20 copies per set and a maximum of 30. 

Please note that you may request class sets that are not currently on the list and we will consider for purchase. 

We will contact you and suggest a suitable alternative if the set you have requested is not available.

A list of Class Sets is available here.

Send an email to with the following information:

  1. Teacher Name
  2. School Name 
  3. Year Group    
  4. Class Set Title
  5. Which term the set is required for (Autumn, Spring or Summer)

School Visits

School visits and workshops are available for booking Monday to Friday at Bolton Museum and Wednesday to Friday at Smithills Hall.

Complete the form below and send via email to

Museum Schools' Visit Enquiry Form

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Bolton Schools' Library and Museum Service

Le Mans Crescent

01204 338121 (Main Enquiry Line)

01204 332236 (Museum Bookings)