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
    • Excellent
      1617
    • Very Good
      358
    • Average
      47
    • Poor
      7
    • Terrible
      10

    Recent Reviews:

    • Christopher G
      Oxted, United Kingdom
      Beautiful VictorianLibrary
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 10th September 2021
      What a beautiful room, if you like architecture , you will enjoy a brief visit to this iconic reading room. Read full review
    • KhaldonLiverpool
      Need to come back to the normality
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 11th September 2021
      A great t place to read and study and excellent staff; actually it is my best place to study. However, after COVID-19 I don't feel comfortable in the library due to the internal rules and... Read full review
    • W5034GTdawnp
      Trip type:
      Family
      Excellent family fun
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 19th September 2021
      I visited the library yesterday with my granddaughter Florence to see a play called The Liver bird . The play was a lovely story a contemporary fairy tale . With a great performance from characters... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday09:0020:00*
    Tuesday09:0020:00*
    Wednesday09:0020:00*
    Thursday09:0020:00*
    Friday09:0020:00*
    Saturday09:0017:00*
    Sunday10:0017:00*
    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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