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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    1627
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    360
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Recent Reviews:

  • KhaldonLiverpool
    Important recommendation
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 1st June 2022
    Despite being an excellent library, I cannot give it 5 stars as many people(especially young) who come to chat insisted of studying or reading. you can hear people chatting and laughing throughout... Read full review
  • ledollarbean
    Unpleasant Staff Member
    1 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 9th June 2022
    Went to study with a few friends and was spoken to in such a condescending way by a member of staff. Forgot my library card with my PC log in on so went to the desk to ask if there was another way I... Read full review
  • 923Dan
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Quiet spot to read the newspaper in stunning building
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th June 2022
    Only visited the Liverpool Central Library by accident as it was raining and i had 30 minutes to kill before the World Museum opened. Lovely quiet spot to read the newspaper in stunning... Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022)
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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