Athenaeum Liverpool

FOUNDED 1797

Library

  • Liverpool Athenaeum Library

From its foundation in 1797, the Library has been one of the most important facilities associated with the Athenaeum. Though not the first library in Liverpool, it is now the only remaining substantial collection in private hands.

The collection of about 60,000 volumes has been created over the years by both purchase and donations from Proprietors. As well as books, the library also holds collections of pictures, ephemera associated with Liverpool, maps and charts and an extensive array of periodicals and journals, together with the records of the Athenaeum.

History of the Athenaeum Library

HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY

The Athenaeum was founded in 1797 to provide a library and newsroom in which gentlemen could receive and share information.

Athenaeum Book Collections

COLLECTIONS

The Library has a number of fascinating and historic book collections. There are also fine collections of drawings and sketches.

Friends of the Library

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The Library has until recently been available only to Proprietors. However there is now a Friends of the Library scheme that allows non Proprietors access to the Library.

Library Research Requests

RESEARCH REQUESTS

The Library is valuable resource for researchers. Discover how to access the Library for research for either a single request for information or personal access to the Library.

DONATIONS & ACQUISITIONS

On occasion, generous individual Proprietors have paid for the re-binding and conservation of books of particular interest. Donations of libraries or individual volumes are always welcome and books taken into the collection will be acknowledged both to the donor and by the insertion of a special book-plate.

Volunteering at the Athenaeum Library

VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIBRARY

Volunteers enhance our work by adding value, support and diversity. The Athenaeum is committed to providing beneficial experience and activities for our volunteers, and where necessary, provide support, encouragement and training. Learn more about Volunteering at the Athenaeum Library.