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May Bank Holiday closures

All our libraries, including Central Library, will be closed on the Bank Holidays that fall on Monday 2nd and Monday 30th May 2016.

Libraries and Archives

Archives & family history

Opening times

Please note: Bank holiday opening hours may vary, please check banner above for details.
Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

See below for Search Room opening hours which are by appointment only.

Liverpool Archive Catalogue

Whether you are interested in the history of Liverpool or want to research your family history our archive catalogue lists all the reference material you need to help you with your search.  

The catalogue also includes local studies items which you can find by using the 'Advanced Search' tab.

Before entering the catalogue below, you may want to view a complete list of resources on offer.

Search the Liverpool archive catalogue

Reference material and help with research

Our local studies collection has books on all aspects of Liverpool's history located in the 'Archive' area of Central Library. Please note that these books are for reference only.

Additional material is available in microfilm or microfiche format. Microfilm viewers are available. You can also use our computers to search 'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past' websites for free. All research facilities are open during normal Central opening hours.

We can help you with your research. Please contact us for more information and our latest fees.

The Search Room

The Search Room in Central Library is available to consult original archives and books by appointment only. We require at least 48 hours' notice, a list of items needed and reference numbers which can be obtained from the online catalogues.

Items are collected at the end of each session and there is a limit of the number of items you can view.

Bookings may be made for a morning session, an afternoon session, or all day. Please contact us to arrange a booking.

The Search Room opening times

Monday and Tuesday 9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 8pm
Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 6pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm

Liverpool Libraries Together

Did you know that as a Liverpool Library card holder, you can access reference and archive collections at a number of university and college libraries in Liverpool?

Find out more about Liverpool Libraries Together.

Merseyside at War

We are looking to gather together memories and memorabilia of people from Merseyside who lived, worked or fought during the World War I period.

We are looking for anything from postcards and letters sent home from the front to photographs of soldiers and their families and friends. You may have a medal awarded to a relative or other memorabilia. Whatever you have, we'd like to hear about it.

If you have any items or information you would like to share, please register for an account and upload your information to the Merseyside at War website.