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Manchester Central Library

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Address: St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
Phone Number: 44 161 234 1900
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Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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I could spend hours upon hours exploring this library! So many different ways of exploring history... Interactive games, multimedia booths, local history area - the place is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Colnbrook, United Kingdom
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Colnbrook, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I could spend hours upon hours exploring this library! So many different ways of exploring history... Interactive games, multimedia booths, local history area - the place is fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

I would give 1 to this Cafe! It charges a very expensive cafe' price with a grabby cafe' service. Served Lancashire hot pot in a cup like a street stall but charged me £5.75!! Wow, what a way to maximise their profit - don't have proper cutleries but some cheap plastic ones, which I don't mind if they charge a... More 

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Lisburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

From the outside, a most impressive building, with it's columns and circular shape! Inside, it's a wonderful place, just to sit and chill. Coffee shop and loads of comfortable seats. I was only there for an hour, but this library is an impressive place for students, such excellent facilities!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went here to see a play in the Performance space but was really impressed at the other services which the library offers. They have a fantastic display about local history which is presented in such a fun and informative way. We are not Manchester residents so couldn't take out books. However, there is is enough to keep visitors occupied. Love... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

The library has had a makeover in the last couple of years and has been modernized but with respect to the history of this great building right in the heart of Manchester.

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Manchesyer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Called in the library for a quick lunch break - the library itself is lovely and really nice and chilled, loads to see and do in a great atmosphere. The cafe does great homemade soups and hot pots which are perfect for a miserable rainy day in Manchester. Really great food at affordable prices.

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We popped into the library so my 7 and 9 year old could have a drink and a rest but ended up staying for ages. they particularly liked the interactive maps of the city whilst my husband loved the archive resources. This is an amazing library and well worth a visit.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I like the fact that the archives include other towns near Manchester, such as Stretford, Salford, Urmston. People not born in Manchester, can now look at their towns history.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We visited not long after it reopened after the refurbishment. Lovely place I didn't have that long to look around but my guess is you could spend the full day in there. I will visit again when I have more time to spare.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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