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 the was complete in 2013, it's position on William Brown Street means that it joins the UNESCO World Heritage Site Area 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.

Book Tickets

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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      1620
    • Very Good
      358
    • Average
      47
    • Poor
      7
    • Terrible
      10

    Recent Reviews:

    • dodge47
      Brecon, United Kingdom
      lovely building
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 9th November 2021
      We popped in here on a walking tour and I am glad our guide took us to this lovelky building which combined modern library facilities with the best of an old-fashioned reference library Read full review
    • Phil R
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Liverpool visit, Dec 2021
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 20th December 2021
      Great building to walk around quietly of course!, some impressive books on display and original building features still there at the top. Read full review
    • KhaldonLiverpool
      pray room
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 13th January 2022
      Despite being a great library, it is shame that such a library located in a multicultural city like Liverpool has canceled the palace that was dedicated to pray, because of COVID-19, till this day... 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

    Awards

    • Local AwardsLiverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2014 - Highly Commended Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2014 - Highly Commended 2014

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