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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    Recent Reviews:

    • Paul H
      Southampton, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Pretty incredible for a public library
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 4th August 2022
      If you've got an hour to spare it's worth popping in to see the modern architecture of the new library and the juxta position of the circular reading room, with ante rooms displaying some rare books... Read full review
    • E7180BVlynnh
      Trip type:
      Friends getaway
      Visit the public library and a slice of history
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th August 2022
      Lovely modern library with the old round Picton reading room at it's heart containing their reserve stock of classics and more, reminiscent of the old British Library. Lovely. Read full review
    • 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

    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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