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


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

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


Archives Catalogue



General Enquiries

0151 233 5817

Microfilm/Microfiche bookings

0151 233 5811


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.