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Manchester Central Library

Address: St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
Phone Number: 44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #21 of 323 things to do in Manchester
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I wandered into the library whilst killing time before leaving Manchester by train. I had a copy of the "Economist" with me which I thought I'd read before making for the station; I saw a sign "Wolfson Reading Room", so that's where I headed. What a great place! It had a feeling of scholarship, yet in a way it was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If this were a museum of manchester life I'd be most impressed. If it were an art gallery with a trendy cafe I'd be most taken with it. If it were a trendy Ikea or expo place, I'd be wowed. But I can't help feeling it's all a bit emperor's new clothes. I liked the splendid old reading room and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The library has been updated with lots of interactive activities/ We spent a long time walking around and remembering how things were. A must for those who remember what the building used to be like.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful building with great surroundings. Vast choice of literature. You could easily spend hours in this building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Lots of history in this building and lots of activities and theatre performances always going on. Definitely one of Manchester's landmarks which must be visited. Vast array of books and technology services.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We went to the library as someone said it had been done up. What a transformation, it's brilliant, so much more open, welcoming and light. We went to the children's library, which was so nice, and chilled out with some books, the kids really enjoyed it. The reading room looks so much better now too. I had to drag the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Poor selection, hated the way it was served in cardboard boxes and the casserole in a polystyrene cup. Would not eat here again. Indifferent staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The library was re - opened mid 2014 after being modernised and it's a nice fresh public space. On the ground floor there are interactive displays about Manchester and a nice cafe. Upstairs is the main study hall which is the domed ceiling. It's a grand old room and seems well equipped for modern studying with power points at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The central library has moved forward so quickly. Plenty of fast speed computers across many floors & using high tech equipment to attract students, workers & families to the library. The vibrant colours & white walls/ceilings, makes the place welcoming & very bright & clean. I visit the children's section every couple of weeks & this has an interactive white... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The central dome reading room is magnificent, walk to the centre of the room and behind the original central desk there is a glass floor, amazing.Really good exhibition outside the room we found rather interesting about princess alices visit to saudi arabia in the 1920s.Beautiful stained glass windows and the ceiling over the main reception area is too with all... More 

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