Liverpool Central Library & Record Office

Libraries And Information Services
Central Library, William Brown Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 8EW

Tel: +44 (0)151 233 3069

Outside of Liverpool Central Library featuring the tiled floor with the names of famous books on.

About

Liverpool Central Library is one of the largest public libraries in the United Kingdom. It's also one of the most beautiful libraries in the UK having undergone a redevelopment that was complete in 2013, it's position on William Brown Street means that it is alongside St George's Hall, The Walker Art Gallery, World Musem, Steble Fountain and others. 

Inside, visitors will find extensive collections built up over the last 150 years, including many rare and important examples of fine printing and book illustration. Find famous collections of rare books inside the magnificent Hornby Library and Oak Room and the even more magnificent Picton Reading Room.

Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool. The extensive collections range in date from the 13th century to the present day, and include records of local, national and international significance. Inside the library there is access to WiFi, computers and an Xbox 360.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Road access to Merseyside is excellent with the motorway network making access to central areas quick and easy. From the M6 follow the M56 or M62 to Liverpool.

Public Transport Directions

Regular services to and from Liverpool make it one of the most accessible cities on the UK rail network. Virgin trains operate a London-Liverpool service, with a journey time of just over 2 hours.National Express operate regular services from all major towns and cities in Britain to Norton Street Coach Station, Liverpool.

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Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      1629
    • Very Good
      361
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      48
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    Recent Reviews:

    • 6claref
      Trip type:
      Friends getaway
      History with a view
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th August 2022
      Visited the library to see the Hornby Room but was delighted to see the Oak room and Picton Reading Room too. All those book and totally quiet in the Picton reading room. Couldn't get in on a... Read full review
    • Jake-from-Liverpool
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Can you solve Liverpool's greatest puzzle / riddle / code
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 1st November 2022
      Outside the Library entrance on the pavement are written the names of hundreds of classic books. Within all these titles you will find 15 letters in red. You will have to write these down and then... Read full review
    • jwT4007SY
      Trip type:
      Family
      Well worth seeing (even if you don't want to read a book)
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 9th November 2022
      This library has successfully managed to combine part of the historic library building with a dramatic new centre section. Both of the old parts are well worth seeing: the Hornby Room on one side and... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023)
    DayTimes
    Monday09:0017:00*
    Tuesday12:0020:00*
    Wednesday09:0017:00*
    Thursday12:0020:00*
    Friday09:0017:00*
    Saturday09:0017:00*
    SundayClosed*
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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