Liverpool Central Library, Archive and Record Office

Free Library and Museum 1985
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The largest library is the Central Library in the City Centre. There are smaller community libraries spread across the city.

A mobile library service is also available, which serves over ninety locations in the city.

The photographic image collection at the Record Office is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 6.00 (last collection 16.30)
Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 (no collections 12-2pm)
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00

Closed: Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free.

Additional info

Record Office Access:

Appointments are not necessary for viewing sources on microfilm/fiche but they are recommended if you require reader printers. A reader's ticket is needed to request archives, books, maps, photographs and watercolours. Please bring proof of name and address. You will be asked to leave any bags in lockers before consulting original material. There is an annual closure for stock-taking and special projects during the third and fourth weeks in June.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own camera to obtain copies of documents for personal use only. Anyone intending to publish images from our collections must obtain permission from the Manager.

Liverpool Record Office's photographic image collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The photographic collection contains photographs from the City Engineer’s and Housing Departments, along with those by the renowned landscape and portrait photographer Edward Chambre Hardman, document the changing face of this internationally important city.

Collection details

Photography, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

North End Writers: 10 Years On

  • 19 May 2017 5-7pm

The grass-roots creative writing charity, North End Writers, celebrates 10 years with readings that incorporate their anniversary and respond to the theme of Time. Readings include work from various publications of North End Press including The Accent (2007) magazine through to poems and short fiction from the innovative writing and well-being projects Living Room, Writing Well-Writing Green, Liverpool Elegies, Poet-in-Residence project (Mersey Care) and writing and heritage project 100 Pictures-100 Pages.
The celebration also brings together members of the North End Writers Community group and Mossley Hill Writing group as well as professional writers who have contributed to the charity’s first ten years.
4th Floor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Dancing through the Ages

  • 19 May 2017 6-8:30pm

18:00, 19:15 & 20:15
Take a 10 minute journey with Sophie Taylor and others through the decades of dance in musicals. All your favourites performed within a microcosm of time, choreographed by Andrew McKay.
A graduate of LIPA, Andrew is a local performer and creative and recently choreographed ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ at the Liverpool Royal Court Theatre. Sophie Taylor, a graduate of Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre, has worked across the North of England and was a performer during the build up for the Olympics in London.
Ground Floor – Discover

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Time to Rhyme

  • 19 May 2017 8-10pm

Step up to the mic for a specular evening of poetry and spoken word art exploring Liverpool’s past, present and future with Writing on the Wall. Hosted by Pangaea International Slam winner 2015 Ciarán Hodgers and featuring an exhibition of the library’s amazing archives, there’s something for everyone.
Fourth Floor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Made Invaders – Race against the Aliens!

  • 19 May 2017 8-10pm

Made Invaders is a live action arcade style computer game only life size! With 15 light up, animated sprite targets stand ready for you to test your skills. Using foam dart guns see how many targets you can hit in in 30 seconds to get the highest score for the night.
Using mainly Arduino-compatibles and Raspberry Pi’s this is a perfect example of what can be achieved by the maker community and the type of technology that’s now accessible to everyone, to create their own imaginative project.
Ground Floor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Time for Carnival

  • 19 May 2017 8-10pm

Explore the tradition of carnival in these hands on workshops from Brouhaha International. Come and make your own Carnival costume or headdress. All ages welcome!
Ground Floor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Rewind Fast Forward

  • 19 May 2017 8-10pm

From DJ to VJ, film-maker Sandi Hughes and Sam Meech of Re-Dock perform a live AV set remixing footage from Sandi’s own archive of films of Liverpool’s queer scene and black communities in the 1970s and 80s that is then projection mapped onto the iconic and much loved brick tiles on the first floor, creating a rich audiovisual collage.
First Floor

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Holy Ground

  • 19 May 2017 8:15-10:15pm

Time is an aspect of our lives we all take for granted. The Holy Ground follows a 1950s couple’s journey from the rural west coast of Ireland to the city suburbs of Liverpool in search of work and a better life
experienced through live music, hanging placards and pre-recorded, audio-only verbatim narrative.
This piece is constructed from personal family stories, interviews from the Liverpool Irish Centre and the local Irish community.
Created by LIPA students Toby Rowland, Toby Falla and Rachael Rooney.
Hornby Library

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Liverpool Sings

  • 19 May 2017 9-10pm

Do you love to sing? Then join this new initiative spearheaded by Sense of Sound co-founder, Jennifer John. The first in an exciting series of mass singing events throughout 2017 and beyond, this is all about bringing people together in a spirit of collaboration and joy. Whether an experienced singer or someone who is new to singing, all are invited to join in. There’s no time like the present!
Picton Reading Room

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Liverpool Central Library, Archive and Record Office
Liverpool Central Library and Archive
William Brown Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 8EW
England

Website

liverpool.gov.uk/libraries/find-a-library/central-library/

Archives Catalogue

www.liverpool.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/Archives/index.asp

E-mail

recoffice.central.library@liverpool.gov.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

0151 233 5817

Microfilm/Microfiche bookings

0151 233 5811

Fax

0151 233 5886

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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