Local History & Ancestry

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This digital archive of photos is the most comprehensive of its kind in the borough. View the Sefton Looking Back Archive

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Find ancestors in the complete set of UK Census images from 1841-1911, including name indexes. Trace your Ancestry. (Viewable in any Sefton library)


While within Sefton Library and Information Service you have access to certain records through a partnership with Findmypast. View all records. (Viewable in any Sefton library)

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks & magazines


Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks free from your library using the BorrowBox app. Download the app Or View our catalogue online


PressReader is the best place to read thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Read online or Download the app

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At the Library

At the Library is a programme of artist-led workshops, projects, commissions and happenings in community libraries in Bootle and Crosby. We believe that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the head and the hand” to offer to their community. Through artist-led activity, At the Library creates ways for people to share these gifts. Check out their events and projects.

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Library Publications

Did you know that we publish and sell local interest books and other items?
Click here to view our selection of local history books.


The Stories Behind the Names

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, Sefton Library Service has expanded the Beyond the War Memorials project. The aim is to include the names of the fallen from World War Two on the site, both military personnel and civilian casualties.
Read the stories behind the names

New Picture Books