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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

  • Gears whirring

    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

  • Canalside

    Being At Home

    How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected experiences of home for ethnic minority, migrant and faith communities in Liverpool? Attend our event in person or virtually on 18th November 2021.

    Register and find out more

  • Reading Friends Zoom meeting on a laptop

    Reading Friends is ready to take off

    Reading Friends is a campaign where anyone can chat, have conversations and meet new people.

    Find out how you can join in

  • 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.

    Join in now

  • Year of Writing 2021

    2021 Year of Writing


    2021 is Liverpool’s Year of Writing with a programme of high-quality enjoyable events, workshops, panels, courses, festivals and activities for all ages.
    More about Year of Writing

  • Fleet Street deserted and empty

    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

  • Sheet music

    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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