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Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton Library and Museums deliver services through the Central Library and Museum in the town centre, two historic houses at Smithills Hall and Hall i' th' Wood and a network of nine community libraries. The service provides artefacts, resources and information, including eBooks and eAudiobooks across Bolton. In addition the Home Library Service offers free delivery of books to Bolton residents who are not able to visit libraries and the Ask Bolton Libraries provides a range of information through a free enquiry service.

8 March 2017
North West
Arts, Children Young People and Students, Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Bolton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Staff across the service have received Dementia Friends training to help and assist those with dementia as well as their families, friends and carers.  Each library has a collection of books which are part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia scheme.  The book list is dividied into four categories: information and advice; living well with dementia; support for relatives and careres; and personal stories.  


Currently Breightmet Library hosts a weekely social group for people with dementia and their carers and an annual Dementia Awareness Day enabling services users to gain access to up-to-date resources and support and services providers to update their signposting.  In addition Horwich Library hosts a monthly meeting of Bolton Carers' Support.

The Home Library Service delivers books and talking books to Bolton residents unable to visit the library due to health or mobility issues, including people in residential homes.




2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Understanding the needs of people with dementia so that the library and museum are services where people with dementia feel welcome.

Ensuring all staff are informed about dementia so that they are able to help customers use the service and access relevant information. 

Maintaining up-to-date resources in order to signpost customer the appropriate support.


2. Actions