Libraries in Liverpool
|| There are 24 libraries
in Liverpool, the largest being the Central Library
[map] with 23 smaller community libraries spread across
the city. A mobile library service is also available,
which serves more than 90 locations in Liverpool.
You need to be a Liverpool resident to join a local
library, but membership is free to both adults and
children, and you get access to a wide range of services,
including books, videos and the Internet.
To join you’ll need proof of your address and Liverpool
libraries accept a wide range of ID including driving
licence, utility bill, bank and building society statements.
These days you can also register online by using the online
form on the city’s council website and your
library card will be posted to you after the information
has been checked and processed.
Once you’ve got your library card you can make use
of the wide range of facilities and services on offer
at Liverpool’s libraries. Among other things you
can, borrow books, spoken-word cassettes, CDs and videos
as well as find information for your own individual research,
use computers with Internet and email access, and
research your family history.
If you’re interested in learning more about Liverpool
then the Central Library on William Brown Street has a
vast resource of information covering the city’s
history from the 13th century to the present day. These
include council, school, church and business archives,
as well as books, maps, watercolours and unique photographs
to help you find out about the history of your family,
house, street, district, famous Liverpool people, landmarks
The Mersey Gateway project, which is
currently underway by a team of researchers at the Central
Library, should also shed more light on Liverpool’s
history and make it easier to access. Using printed archives,
books, maps and old newspapers, the researchers aim to
create a website with 20,000 digital images illustrating
the history and growth of the port of Liverpool, and the
development of distinct communities within the city and
in towns on the Mersey.