Library services update

We have closed all libraries for browsing and computer access but you can order and collect books from Monday 11th January 2021. Our home library and online services are also still available. Find out more

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  • Smart phones and iPads


    Download books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to your phone, tablet or e-reader free of charge.

    Access Read Liverpool now

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    Online courses

    Kickstart your business or a career in IT with a free Cisco Networking Academy® business or computing course.

    Join a free online course

  • Hard back book

    Join a library

    Join and start borrowing from any Liverpool library or our online library, Read Liverpool.

    Join a library now

  • Books on shelf

    Reserve and renew

    Once you have joined, you can browse our catalogue, order and renew your books online.

    Reserve or renew a book

  • Hard back book

    Business services

    Based in Central Library, the Business and Intellectual Property Centre supports new and growing businesses.

    Discover our business services

  • Reference books


    Original documents, photographs, maps and newspapers that record local lives across the centuries.

    Explore our archives

  • Man enjoys shared online reading session

    Read, Talk, Share

    Read, Talk, Share is designed to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Find out more and join in

  • Year of Writing 2021

    2021 Year of Writing

    2021 is Liverpool’s Year of Writing. This programme, led by Writing on the Wall, starts with 'Write Here Write Now' – daily prompts to inspire 10-minute writing bursts.Find out more 

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    Covid-19 pandemic

    Help Liverpool Archives document the Covid-19 pandemic in Liverpool so we can preserve these histories for posterity. 

    How to contribute

  • Toddlers reading

    Children's resources

    Library sessions for children plus books, CDs, DVDs and talking books for children and young people.

    Explore resources for children

  • Music parts service

    View our orchestral sets and vocal scores ready to lend to orchestras and choirs throughout the UK.

    Browse our collection

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