Blackpool Central Library

Blackpool Central Library

Blackpool Central Library is a beautiful building in its own right. If you like heritage and architecture it’s well worth popping in just to take a look at the inside of the building. Find it at Queens Street – not far from North Pier.

What’s at Blackpool Central Library

It’s also a well loved and much used community resource and full of all the usual things that you’d find inside any modern library, including:

  • Books and talking books, papers and magazines
  • Public access PCs with free access to the internet
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning
  • Local information
  • Health information
  • Local family and history centre

Opening times for Blackpool Central Library:

Monday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday 9.30am – 7.00pm
Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday Closed

The address is:

Central Library
Queen Street
Blackpool
FY1 1PX

Telephone: 01253 478080
Email: central.library@blackpool.gov.uk

How Blackpool Central Library Began

As we said at the start of this page, if you like architecture and are interested in local history, you should call into this beautiful building.

From the moment you step into the door, you’ll see its original Victorian features and ornate staircase.

Ornate staircase inside the Library
Ornate staircase inside the Library

Just inside the entrance is this dedication plaque from the opening day.

Dedication plaque at the entrance to Blackpool Central Library
Dedication plaque at the entrance to Blackpool Central Library

The library was presented to the Borough of Blackpool by Andrew Carnegie, built on land provided by the Corporation.

It was opened on 26 October 1911 by the then Mayor, Councillor WH Broadhead.

Cullen, Lochhead and Brown were the architects who designed it.

Stained glass windows inside Blackpool Central Library
Stained glass windows inside Blackpool Central Library

The History Centre at Blackpool Central Library

Did you know that the History Centre at Blackpool Central Library preserves and gives access to Blackpool’s incredible heritage collections?

You’ll find the history centre on the first floor of Blackpool Central Library. It’s a local studies space and the viewing room for the heritage collections.

There’s a wide variety of material on open access in the history centre. It’s available to all visitors without an appointment. This material includes:

  • Blackpool electoral registers 1930 to 2009
  • Historic Ordnance Survey maps of the Fylde area
  • Local trade directories 1816 to 1969
  • Local newspapers from 1845
  • Historic local holiday guides for Blackpool
  • Our local history photograph collection

If you would like to see any material not on open access in the history centre, please make an appointment 2 working days prior to your visit. Please see the collections page for more details.

Preparing for your visit

Visitors wanting the newspapers are advised to contact us in advance as you may require pre-booking of reader-printer machines. Especially those who are travelling long distances.

Six Chromebook computers are available with subscription access to Ancestry and Find My Past. A Blackpool library ticket is required for access to these. If you are not a member of Blackpool libraries you can join at any library or join online now.

Reading Room

The reading room has space for 12 readers. Booking an appointment 48 hours before your visit is required for accessing the collections not on open access. We will advise you of any delays when you book your appointment and tell us what you would like to see.

Facilities include 2 microfilm reader and printers.

Photocopying, personal camera use, digital reproductions and prints are all available but terms, conditions and charges apply. Please read reproduction guidance for more information. We offer a research service for remote enquiries at a cost of £5 for 15 minutes.

We aim to provide an efficient and helpful service. If you have any queries our reading room staff are on hand. They can help you to navigate the catalogues, handle the material, or attend to any other issue you may encounter.

Facilities at the History Centre

There is lift access from the ground floor to the history centre on the first floor. Paid public toilets costing 20p are on site on the ground floor.

There is a car park on Queen Street close by and buses stop right outside the building. Blackpool North train station is a five minute walk away.

Contact

Enquiries are welcome on 01253 478090 or email: historycentre@blackpool.gov.uk

The History Centre, First floor, Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Opening hours

The History Centre is open at the following dates and times:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 9.30am to 7.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Thanks to the blackpool.gov.uk website for this information.

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