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Library Knowledge Services (North)


Bolton College

Bolton College has three LRCs available for staff and students to use. The College is invested in Health and Wellbeing and provides students with the opportunity to become involved in a range of wellbeing activities run by departments. The College is well on its way to being a ACE aware trauma informed college.

The LRC has an extensive range of resources geared to course curriculum but also offers an extensive range of wellbeing material including books on prescription and young people’s mental health books.

Within the team there are a number of staff who have an interest in Mental Health and currently we have two members of the team who are trained Mental Health First Aiders.

Bolton CVS 

Bolton CVS is a charitable company which exists to support voluntary and community organisations and positively promote voluntary action in Bolton. This support can range from group development, funding and grants, to putting on a wide range of training opportunities throughout the year.

Our vision is of a sufficiently resourced and sustainable voluntary and community sector which successfully meets the diverse and changing needs of the people of Bolton.

Our website provides the latest information, news and opportunities for our online community – providing an up-to-date resource to assist with your work and activities. Also on the website (, you can find our “Find a Group” online search directory, linking you with the vast and varied community groups in the Bolton area.

Bolton CVS can be found at The Hub, located on 9 Bold St, Bolton, BL1 1LB.

For ‘General Enquiries’ please contact: 01204 546010

For ‘Volunteer Enquiries’ please contact: 01204 546060

For ‘Hub Enquiries’ please contact: 01204 546002

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – Library & Knowledge Service (LKS)

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Based in the Education Centre at Royal Bolton Hospital, this service is available to all staff and students of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, wherever they work. The Library rooms provide flexible spaces for members to work, study, research and relax in.

LKS staff are friendly, helpful professionals who work with NHS teams to inform effective decision-making, driving innovation, excellent healthcare and health improvement. They bring highly specialised skills to find, summarise and manage evidence from a broad range of sources and facilitate healthcare teams to share lessons learned and 'know how'.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday      8:00am – 5:00pm

Tel: 01204 390935 (ext 5935)

Bolton Public Library

Bolton Library and Museum services comprise the following: public libraries, museum, art gallery, aquarium, archives and local studies and two historic halls.

Bolton Libraries delivers health information through a network of ten libraries, the Home Library Service, the Ask Bolton Libraries enquiry service and an eLibrary.

Book collections include four Books on Prescription collections covering mental health, dementia, young people’s mental health and long term conditions at each library.

The library service also subscribes to several online resources which cover health related issues.  These include Issues Online providing access to hundreds of articles on contemporary issues, through a fully searchable online database; RB Digital offering full digital copies of over 95 magazines; Which? providing articles on health issues such as mobility aids, dentists, painkillers etc.; and, BorrowBox an eAudiobook and eBook service which can be downloaded for free.  There is access to NHS Choices and Medline websites via our free computer sessions throughout Bolton libraries.

At the Central Library a display board at the front of the library provides space for external agencies, such as diabetes UK, Macmillan, to promote their services to members of the public and throughout the year health trainers are available to give advice about stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, healthy eating, exercise, plus offering blood pressure checks.

Libraries host regular social activities such as reading groups, scrabble, card making, knit and natter, chair based exercise including chair based yoga, an adult jigsaw club, mah jong, table top games and digital coffee mornings.

The Library and Museum services website gives more details about collections and activities –

Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Services

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service is for anyone affected by cancer. We work in partnership with Bolton Hospice, Bolton People affected by cancer , Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service has three centres based across Bolton; Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton One and Giles House at Bolton Hospice.  We provide information and support on all aspects of cancer care, whether people need information about reducing the risk of cancer, early detection, diagnosis, treatment or adjusting to life after a cancer diagnosis.

We offer a warm friendly, safe environment for people affected by cancer, their carer, relative and friends, to discuss any concerns they may have.

This includes information and advice about

  • Treatments, side-effects and care
  • Skin care & Make Up Masterclasses
  • Emotional and practical support available
  • How  to access benefits and financial advice
  • Life after Treatment
  • Walking Groups

The Information & Support centres are based at:

  • Royal Bolton Hospital- Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JR.

Drop in service is available Monday-Friday 9.30 am-4:30pm

  • Bolton One- Moor Lane, Bolton, BL3 5BN.

Drop in service is available Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm

  • Giles House- 43 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4QR

Drop in service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm.

Opening times may vary so we always advise people to call us before making a special journey. The drop in service is also supplemented by a telephone helpline open Monday – Friday, – 4pm. Tel: 01204 390624/462442/663059 or email

Visit the website for more information:

University of Bolton Library

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The Library aims to provide an academic information resource supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the user community on all major sites of the University, in such a way as to achieve the highest professional standards in a cost effective and user friendly manner.

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