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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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It was raining. We escaped into the Central Library and were transported to a different world. The sanctity of students contemplating their learning and life's adventures yet to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was raining. We escaped into the Central Library and were transported to a different world. The sanctity of students contemplating their learning and life's adventures yet to infold was palpable in the main reading room; how they could concentrate in such a grand room is a mystery. The surrounding halls were a delightful display of good taste. Free and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A unique educational & learning experience. Absolutely fantastic place, full of amazing things to help you read, learn & improve your knowledge of almost anything. Right in the centre of Manchester & newly refurbished.

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Bury, Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

An amazing transformation has taken place here and for the better. Easy to get around and an excellent cafe. The atmosphere is relaxed and not as overwhelming as some libraries can be.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Beautiful II* listed building, you can wander around for hours, and - best of all for me - it has a great selection of contemporary French books. Oh, I forgot the Shakespeare window at the entrance. (When did I travel? Ha, I go there at least every two weeks.)

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I visited this library with my friend. It was an amazing place. It is located in Piccadilly. It is a very big building as it is a next to the Town Hall. It is quite big in size with a four floors and has a very big space for students to study. It has many books about subjects a person... More 

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Salford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A stunning building, stunningly restored inside and out: the reading-room is not to be missed. The heraldic decoration is manifold and wonderfully achieved. And, of course, it's a first class library.

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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I have been there with my wife and daughters. My youngest daughter like the place very much. She spent most of the time in the music section. there is a coffee shop in the first floor where you can have a cup of coffee or even take your breakfast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you are visiting Manchester & like architecture then this place is worth a visit. I believe it is the 1st floor you need to visit to see the best parts of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Manchester Central Library is the headquarters of the city's library and information service in Manchester, England. Facing St Peter's Square, it was designed by E. Vincent Harris and constructed between 1930 and 1934. At its opening, one critic wrote, "This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon". The form... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Good place to go. Spent many days here for my study and my husband did filming here as well. Good services!

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