Liverpool History Society Library

The Liverpool History Society Library currently has 400 titles and growing. It is housed In the Search Room on the 3rd floor of the Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool. 

Liverpool History Society Library Opening Hours

Here are the revised opening hours for the Society’s Library, housed in the Search Room on the third floor of Liverpool Central Library :


Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday : 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Tuesday and Thursday : 12.30pm to 7.30pm.

The Search Room and LHS Library are closed on Sundays.


Access is limited to one person per visit and you must take proof of identity with you. Bags, cases, document wallets and so on are not allowed in the Search Room and will need to be stored in a locker -a £1 coin is needed for this (refundable). 

Special Request: If you have books that you no longer need that relate to the history of Liverpool, please consider donating these to the Liverpool History Society Library. Please contact our librarian Fay Carter to take this further. Thank you for any donations.

With the support and co-operation of the Liverpool Central Library, the Liverpool History Society’s collection of books now has a permanent home within the Search Room of the Liverpool Record Office. Any society member can loan books from this collection by following the procedure below.

  1. When you visit the LHS Library, take the lift to the 3rd floor of the Central Library – the LHS Library is within the Search Room.
  2. Deposit any bags, coats etc in one of the lockers outside the Search Room – there’s a £1 coin-returnable system in place.
  3. Show a proof of identity to a member of staff on duty who will allow you access to the Search Room. Unlike members of the public, LHS members do NOT have to make a prior appointment to access the Search Room.
  4. If you wish to borrow book(s) whilst you are at the Library, please complete the loans form which will be found in the ‘ Returned Books’ box on the shelf. The loan period is for 30days. Please notify the Librarian by email ( what book(s) you have borrowed.
  5. At the end of the loan period, please return the book(s) to the LHS library. If you wish to renew them for a further 30 days , contact the Librarian by email for authorisation.
  6. N.B. As part and parcel of the above arrangements, LHS members using the Search Room have access to the photocopier, which also incorporates a scanner if you need to copy anything from a book. Normal photocopying charges and copyright legislation would apply.
  7. In addition, you have the option of using, free of charge, the dedicated overhead scanner and downloading the scans onto your own USB memory stick.
  8. LHS members also have access to the public computers in the Search Room. You will need a Liverpool Libraries membership card to do this. This then gives you free access to various resources.
  9. There are also a number of microfilm machines in the Search Room which you can access, again free of charge – staff would bring the reels to you in the Search Room.


Note : The pamphlets and slim publications will be together in Box Files in alphabetical order by author and situated on the shelves .

Where there is more than one author of a publication, the first author will appear alphabetically with full title details, but the other authors will also appear alphabetically  in the catalogue with a ‘see reference’ to the first author.