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'Liverpool Central Library' in Liverpool City Centre


In 2010 it was announced that Liverpool’s 'Central Library' would close for refurbishments. It took ten years of planning and over four million items, including documents and books but in May 2013 the new library was finally opened to the public.

The refurbishment brings a new layout and a new design to the library and most importantly thousands of new books and records. Writer Frank Cottrell Boyce said about Liverpool Central Library: "It's like going to meet your gran and finding out that she's turned into Beyonce".


Hardback/Paperback Writer: The library is home to nearly 100 'Beatles books'

Like the majority of libraries there is a 'Music' section (which is located on the third floor), unlike the majority of libraries the music section is one of the largest sections in the library and suitably so, as it's based in the city with perhaps the most famous of musical stories, the rise of The Beatles. With hundreds of books dedicated to ‘British music and culture’, ‘American music and culture’ and ‘music theory'. Next to the 'British music and culture' is the section that got us excited. The library is home to nearly 100 'Beatles books' such as 'Revolution in the Head' and the amazing 'The Beatles: Anthology' book and there are also a number of rare reference books that cannot leave the library.


Her Majesty: Paul's handwritten essay about the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

On the top floor of the library you will find a few pieces of Beatles memorabilia encased in glass casing including original 'Merseybeat' posters, letters between Brian Epstein and the local council and also an essay handwritten by Paul McCartney, aged 10. The essay was written in 1953 in a competition open to all junior members of Liverpool's libraries which marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Paul's essay went on to win the under-11 category of the competition.

Liverpool Central Library adds another reference point for knowledge about The Beatles to the city of Liverpool by giving anybody the option to learn as much as you can about the world's most famous band with the majority of books, CDs and DVDs that are available.