Liverpool Central Library, Archive and Record Office

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.
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.

Legends of Flight

  • 16 May 2014 8-8:30pm

Legends of Flight invite you to an immersive live musical/visual performance of a new composition in the amazing surroundings of the Discover Room. Using a combination of electronic and traditional acoustic instrumentation and custom developed software
the performance will be illustrated by interactive projected visuals, controlled in real time by the sonic nuances of the voices and instruments being played. The audience will be encouraged to listen to the musical performance while lying on the floor to view the interactive visuals projected onto the ceiling. Location: Discover, Ground Floor. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Up for Arts Big Sing

  • 16 May 2014 6-8pm

Join Up for Arts and Liverpool Shanty Singers outside where they’ll be belting out sea shanties including ‘Blow The Man Down’ and ‘The Leaving of Liverpool' as part of the The Big Big Sing which is helping to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014. You can be a part of it! It promises to be the UK's biggest singalong. So come on, me hearties. Join us for a rehearsal at 18:00 and sing along at 19:00. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Word up on LightNight

  • 16 May 2014 8:30-10pm

Join us on the roof terrace where Writing on the Wall celebrates LightNight with a sound and light spectacular, featuring performances from WoW’s Liverpool Young Writers. The group of 12-22 year olds have been working together with the inimitable Nikki Blaze to produce a brilliant show of spoken word, rap and performance poetry. Light up your night
Word Up your night. Location: Roof Terrace, 4th Floor. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

The Reader Organisation

  • 16 May 2014 6-7:30pm

Laura Lewis from The Reader Organisation will host a shared reading group on the theme of Light. Laura will be reading out loud, giving you the option of joining in or simply sitting back and enjoying the stories and poetry. All ages and abilities welcome. Location: Ground Floor. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Scottie Writers

  • 16 May 2014 8-9:30pm

Scottie Writers will read original stories, poems, monologues and more which reflect the writing created by the group over the past year or so. All the pieces have been derived from "prompts" generated at our weekly meetings. No genre is safe from our writers!
About Scottie Writers
Scottie Writers was initially established in 1974. Since then, like a certain well known Time Lord, it has undergone many changes. This current incarnation has been meeting every week for the past six years.

At each meeting a "prompt" is given by a member which is used as the starting point for the following weeks writing. We have no restrictions on genre, style, or form, and there is no expected word count. Any one is welcome to join Scottie Writers, provided they are over 18 and have an interest in writing.

We strive to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where writers can share their work and ideas. Scottie is an informal group where creativity is supported, nourished, and allowed to thrive.
Scottie Writers have worked with Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse (and retain strong links), Dingle Community Theatre, and the Rotunda Community College.

For more information visit http://www.scottiewriters.co.uk/ or email abarnes1950@btinternet.com This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Writing Advice Desk

  • 16 May 2014 5:30-7:30pm

Friendly on-the-spot appraisal and details of publishing opportunities, performance venues, workshops and courses from The Windows Project. Bring samples of your writing – stories, poems, scripts. Location: Enquire, 2nd Floor. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Merseyside At War

  • 16 May 2014 5-9pm

See and learn more about this Liverpool John Moores University project which aims to gather together memories and memorabilia of people from Merseyside who lived, worked or fought during WWI. Location: Enquire, 2nd Floor.

For more information visit https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/merseyside-at-war/

This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Writing Advice Desk

  • 16 May 2014 5:30-7:30pm

Bring samples of you writing - stories, poems, scripts for free on-the-spot appraisal and details of publishing opportunities, performance venues, workshops and courses. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Admission

First come first served one-to-one advice

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

City of Readers

  • 16 May 2014 4-8:30pm

Find out about the new city-wide Liverpool Learning Partnership project City of Readers and our Give Us 5 campaign.

Location: Atrium, Ground Floor.

City of Readers is a campaign to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city.

City of Readers is here to develop a generation of readers who will take the power of great books into the future. Nationally, more than 22% of children rarely or never read a book in their own time. Yet we know that people who read for pleasure not only do better at school but are also more creative.

Find out more at www.cityofreaders.org This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

Keith Wilson

  • 16 May 2014

This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

West Everton Super Strings

  • 16 May 2014 5-5:30pm

These young musicians will perform in the Discover space on the ground floor.

The West Everton Super Strings are part of In Harmony Liverpool, a project led by Philharmonic Liverpool which uses music to bring positive change to the lives of young children aged 0-16 years.

For more details about In Harmony Liverpool please visit www.liverpoolphil.com/193/in-harmony/changing-communities-through-music
This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives

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