Liverpool City Libraries

Front of Central Library

Front of Central Library

There is a newly refurbished Central Library & Archive  as well as several community libraries
Updated opening hours are available at

Users of the Liverpool Libraries can:

  • View Merseyside archives and the collection of rare books
  • borrow books, ebooks and spoken-word CDs and downloads free of charge
  • borrow CDs and DVDs for a small charge
  • find information for your own individual research
  • find business and marketing information
  • Use the numerous online subscriptions
  • use computers with Internet and e-mail access (UK Online Centres)
  • Use free wi-fi at Central, Toxteth, Childwall & West Derby Libraries
  • research local and family history
  • access Children’s areas and activities
  • access services if you have a disability
  • access the Home Library Service

Anyone living, working or studying in Liverpool can have full membership when they bring along ID with their name and address to any Liverpool City Library.

Special Collections and Archives

Liverpool Libraries & Archive has a huge range of resources with particular strengths in rare books and Merseyside archives, ranging from The King John Liverpool Charter to a short story written by Paul McCartney as a Liverpool schoolboy, a set of Audubon’s Birds of America, George Catlin drawings of Native Americans, several volumes of Edward Lear watercolours, illuminated manuscripts from the 12th to 14th century and a Gutenberg imprint from 1459 and many more. 

For an appointment to view our archives  tel; 233 5817  email

For an appointment to view our rare books and special collections: tel; 233 5835 email


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