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.

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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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    • Very Good
      357
    • Average
      47
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    Recent Reviews:

    • 293neilk
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Friends getaway
      Beautiful architecture.
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 10th September 2020
      Liverpool is justifiably famous for its great architecture and walking around the St George's Quarter and especially around St George's Hall and William Brown Street there are some amazing... Read full review
    • ash_namjil
      no 57
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 30th May 2021
      spent many a days there, it was a sanctuary, probably still is for some. the benches outisde are perfect when the weather is good. every city should have a library of this quality. (there's a perfect... Read full review
    • FedupPaul
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Roof terrace is closed
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 9th June 2021
      The roof terrace is currently closed (Covid related reasons) so a trek up the stairs won't be rewarded with a view across the city. The rest of the building is open though so you can enjoy the... 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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