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.
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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.
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Southport String Ensemble

  • 15 May 2015 6:30-9pm

18.30 outside front entrance (weather permitting). 20.30 in the Hornby Library, 1st floor. This is a group of talented young people who play Classical and Folk String music. They have performed on Light Night at the Anglican Cathedral and at St George's Hall in previous years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

Scottie Writers’ Tales

  • 15 May 2015 4-11:30pm

After the success of last year’s Light Night appearance by Scottie Writers, they once again hope to thrill, amuse and entertain with a mixed bag of recent writings, including ones around the theme of “Looking to the New World”. Location: Ground Floor.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

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

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The Cryptid Petting Zoo by Headstrung Puppet Company

  • 15 May 2015 8-10:30pm

Come and see The Cryptid Petting Zoo, a collection of previously undiscovered animal oddities from around the world! Often thought to be creatures of myth and legend
see them here for the first time! With presentations from trained handlers, this is a chance to meet some truly remarkable animals. Location: Picton Reading Room, 1st floor and puppets appearing at various locations around the building.

20:00, 21:00 & 22:00 20min zoo outings with a chance to meet the creatures at the end of each performance

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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Word Up! By Writing on the Wall's Young Writers

  • 15 May 2015 8-9:30pm

WoW’s ‘Word-Up!’ Young Writers group perform under the stars on the rooftop. Come and hear these talented young writers perform original spoken word art with a New York style edge as part of Writing on the Wall’s “American Dreams” festival. Expect special guests and a live DJ set as WoW brings a touch of NYC to Liverpool. Location: Roof terrace, 4th Floor.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

Petite Ullaloom Theatre Company

  • 15 May 2015 7:30-10pm

A ghoulishly good time for brave families or anyone who dares! Do you like mysterious stories of witches, ghosts and things that go bump in the night? Join Edward and Martha Creep as they tell terrifying tales as only a true Creep can! Gasp, gawp and grin at this collection of putridly performed short stories. Please come, we're just dying to meet you! Location: Discover, ground floor, and performers appearing around the library at various times.

19:30, 20:30 & 21:30 - 25 min performances with 15 min storytelling workshop after each performance

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

  • 15 May 2015 7-8pm

Meet twenty of Shakespeare's wickedest women, from twelve plays, in just sixty minutes! Thrilling scenes full of danger and passion are introduced with witty charm by the Bard himself.

While it's true that Shakespeare did write some lovely, kind mother characters, this play isn’t about them. It's about dangerous women whose rampant possessiveness, lusty appetites and vaunting ambition set them against powerful enemies and drove them to treachery, adultery, war, murder and madness. A play-reading presented by Straylight Australia. Location: Hornby Library, 1st Floor.

Free

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

Fascinator Workshop & Display

  • 15 May 2015 6-10pm

Emmanuel Westly Foundation presents a creative therapy workshop where you can make a small fascinator designed in response to the theme 'Looking to the New World'. This will be open for any member of the public to join in throughout the night, and learn how making can improve your wellbeing.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

Ukulele Club Liverpool

  • 15 May 2015 6-6:30pm

A performance by the award-winning UCL, who aim to create an inclusive and in-tune ukulele community of like-minded musicians. Enriching the wider community through vibrant performances. Location: Discover, ground floor.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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Writing Advice Desk

  • 15 May 2015 5:30-7:30pm

The Windows Project offer a friendly on-the-spot appraisal of your writing - stories, poems, scripts - and details of publishing opportunities, performance venues, workshops and courses. Location: 2nd floor.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

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

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2014 Kassel Fotobook and Dummy Fotobook Awards series

  • 15 May 2015 5-11:30pm

Presenting the work of over 80 contemporary photographic artists, the Kassel Fotobooks demonstrate the variety of photographic activity taking place around the world. They show what is happening at the cutting edge of publishing, hand building and printing and are at the forefront for illustrating the range of subjects that are preoccupying photographers today. Location: Entrance to Picton Reading Room, 1st floor.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

The Third Largest Book in the World

  • 15 May 2015 5-11:45pm

Come and see what has been described as “The third largest book in the world”. Walk inside the book and add your favourite quotation or read the quotes written by others. Location: Atrium, ground floor.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

In Harmony

  • 15 May 2015 5-5:30pm

Performance by youth string ensemble In Harmony founded and supported by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In Harmony encourages participation in music to bring positive change to the lives of young children aged 0-16 years in West Everton. Location: Discover.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

Word Up with Liverpool Young Writers

  • 15 May 2015 8-9:30pm

WoW’s ‘Word-Up!' Young Writers perform under the stars on the rooftop of the Central Library. Enjoy these talented young writers performing original spoken word with a New York-style edge as part of WoW's American Dreams festival. Expect special guests and a live DJ set as WoW brings a touch of NYC to Liverpool.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.writingonthewall.org.uk

A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

2014 Kassel Fotobook and Dummy Fotobook Awards series

  • 15 — 16 May 2015 4pm-12am

Shown at LOOK/15 for the first time ever in the UK, the Kassel Fotobook Awards are fast becoming internationally recognised by publishers and self-printing artists as the go to competition to have your books seen. Approximately 30 artists are represented in the Fotobook category and are all well worth watching out for. This will only be the start for them. In addition, travelling direct from the very prestigious Format photo festival, the equally acclaimed Kassel Dummy Fotobook Award shows what is happening at the cutting edge of hand building, self-publishing, book production and manufacture. Representing 50+ artists this is a must-see/feel opportunity to get close up and personal with people's original compositions, compilations and projects.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.lookphotofestival.com

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