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Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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This library is fantastic from the architecture to the entrance inside, interactive history, a day... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ann m
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The best freebie in the North of England

A few years back Manchester spent a great deal of money modernising.this Library. It is an imposing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bob M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“reading room” (81 reviews)
“music section” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Reviewed yesterday

This library is fantastic from the architecture to the entrance inside, interactive history, a day could easily be spent there, cool and so clean. My granddaughter wants to go again as we didn't have enough time. We live in Birmingham and the library here is...More

Thank ann m
Reviewed 2 days ago

A few years back Manchester spent a great deal of money modernising.this Library. It is an imposing building from the outside and on the inside was aged but impressive. On entering you walk forward into the archive section. Maps photos old manuscripts but best of...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a couple of visits to the Manchester Central Library, once to a talk about the Peterloo Massacre, and once to just browse the audio visual installations. You can sit in a comfortable seat and watch the AV displays. Take as long as you...More

Thank LindseyRAuckland
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great resource of books and information in Manchester. The local history society also has a presence there and they are very helpful and will help get you started. There is a large cafe area where you can spend time inbetween sessions of research. Well...More

1  Thank Linda R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely building this is. Inside I felt so relaxed. We came in for a look around. I was quite envious of the students all studying in there, what a magnificent place to study with all that architecture around you. Only came in to...More

Thank Everythingbutthedog
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favourite building within the city, the Central Library is a great place to work or read in a quiet and relaxing environment. There's a cute cafe on the ground floor for lunch/snacks/drinks, whilst there are extensive places to plug in for any work on...More

1  Thank Olivia C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you go with little time just do the main reading room. Absolutely a book lovers delight. It just brings a smile to your face.

Thank EssexTamdy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice, quiet and full of resources. You can even play the piano in there. Some people take private classes there, of music, English...If you visit the town you should go in and have a short walk around.

Thank Salvi G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It isn't particularly a library, more of a local area reference area and event space. I wouldn't fancy trying to concentrate on work here. We only visited because as we passed there was a sign for the Nick Sharratt exhibition. The exhibition was superb and...More

Thank Helena N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The booths with social and cultural history are excellent. Easily spend a couple of hours on this level. The central study area with the clock is a must see. I love this building from top to bottom and the refurbishment has made it even better.

Thank Jaydee231
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Angelines G
6 July 2017|
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Response from Jackie P | Property representative |
Yes, the library is open in August. However it's not open on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
6 July 2017|
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Response from MikeCain | Reviewed this property |
I think it depends on how far back you have already traced. The library has access to all the civil records which includes the Church of England but I dont think includes the Catholic or other non conformist churches. There... More
5 April 2017|
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Response from GizmoSingapore | Reviewed this property |
If you want absolute quiet while doing revision, then the reading room which is on the same floor as the music section. Otherwise, all the other floors have tables and chairs where many are taking for revision time.