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Liverpool Central Library

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Address: William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW, England
Phone Number: 44 151 233 3069

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Take the time-a must see

Brilliant modernisation,worth the long wait.Be prepared to lose yourself in here, there is so much to see aside from the amazing array of books.Don't miss the top floor step... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Brilliant modernisation,worth the long wait.Be prepared to lose yourself in here, there is so much to see aside from the amazing array of books.Don't miss the top floor step outside and be prepared for the wow factor with those views.Great staff too.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Words fail, you just have to go there. Going to struggle to find enough words here, the space and lighting, the selection, archive etc,. Etc. Just go.

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Most people shoot in , look up inside and some borrow books. I would recommend ascending to the top floor. here the city view is great, and , like Berlin, there is a glass cupola, akin to the iconic Reichstag building.. The modernisation of a Victorian library has been worth the wait, and plenty of people were taking full advantage... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building. Old parts restored and new bulid. Great view from the top floor. And books! Pity the catering couldn't have been given to a local provider

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Step inside the old facade of Liverpool Library to have a shock! The modernisation is spectacular, with a soaring glass roof providing light to every corner, to benefit browsers of both books and the Internet, From the second floor, you can access the original library, with carved shelves and desks. When we visited there was an exhibition of WW1 recruitment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Liverpool Library has gone through a fantastic transformation into a very contemporary space where technology meets ancient history

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

When you first go in it's hard to believe this is a library: bright lights and towering stairways going up four floors with an open centre - quite dazzling. Seems to be very well used with a dedicated family history section, rows of computers everywhere, viewing platforms outside the 4th floor and a cafe on the ground floor with toilets... More 

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The library is superb but what I love and if you're a local or visitor you must see is the Hornby Library. There is always an exhibition of old books which changes on a regular basis. The City's collection of old books is amazing.It really deserves a larger more permanent display as it is fantastic but it least some are... More 

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Liverpool, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Whether you're a local or a visitor to the city you should definitely call in to the library. Although most of its former charm and character were destroyed by recent building and expansion, the nineteenth-century reading room and the Audubon work are definitely worth dropping in for.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Okay, I'm biased because we have spent almost all of our time there in the children's area. It is wonderful, though, and the unique ampitheatre shape provides plenty of space for kids to read in one of many areas as well as have a little run around to blow off steam. We visited for the first time during a school... More 

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