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The University of Bolton Library

Using Other Libraries

Using Other Libraries


The SCONUL Access scheme enables registered users to access academic libraries across the UK. 

To apply for SCONUL Access, or reapply if your approval has expired, please complete the online application form. We will check the details and contact you by email when the outcome of your application is known. 

SCONUL Access is open to current full and part-time students and permanent staff at the University of Bolton. The scheme is not open to students at partner colleges, students on short courses, exchange students or students on Access to HE courses. Staff must be on a permanent contract and at the University for a minimum of one year. 

Public Libraries

Bolton Libraries and Museums

Bolton Libraries and Museums provide library services across the town. Bolton's impressive Central Library is located on Le Mans Crescent, along with the Museum and Aquarium.

Bolton Library, Museum and Aquarium 
Membership of the Library is free and you can join online or in person

The Library provides a range of services and resources including: 

  • An archives and local studies service
  • Business information services
  • Health information, including books from the national Reading Well and Books on Prescription schemes
  • Special Collections, including rare books and periodicals, that cover topics such as textile history and art history

Bolton Libraries' Borrowbox service enables online access to ebooks and audiobooks. Follow @BoltonLMS on Twitter for all the latest updates. 

Manchester Public Libraries

Manchester Libraries provide services and events across Greater Manchester.

The interior of Manchester Central Library's reading room, featuring a grand domed ceiling

Manchester Central Library by Michael D Beckwith is licenced under CC0 1.0

Manchester's landmark Central Library features a chlldren's library, rare book collections, archives and family history centre and more. 

Public libraries in England and Wales

Join a Library enables you to find public library services in England and Wales. 

Other local libraries of interest


The John Rylands Library and Research Institute

The John Rylands Library is one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Europe and is indisputably one of the great libraries of the world.

The John Rylands Library and Research Institute in Manchester

The John Rylands Library and Research Institute by Stephen Richards is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972. It now houses the majority of Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library, the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom. The Library and Research Institute hosts events and exhibitions and provides a growing number of digital collections.


The Portico Library

Located in central Manchester, The Portico is a subscription library and newsroom whose historic collection of over 25,000 books and archives spans over 450 years. The Portico hosts free events and exhibitions. Student memberships are available. 


The Working Class Movement Library

Salford's Working Class Movement Library is a unique institution devoted to the story of Britain's working classes from the beginning of industrialisation to the present day. Find out more


Libraries Near You

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