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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England (Manchester City Centre)
44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #24 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Libraries
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Found by accident when trying to find another place as the roadworks were confusing. However call into the library and it is mind blowing. So we'll done explaining the history of the area with census info and the poverty in the industrial era. You must see this place as ita more museum than library

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The building has been lovingly restored and is beautiful inside and out. The old reading room is particularly worth a visit. The council customer service area with its large wooden doors and marble is also attractive, as are the curved corridors lined with study and meeting rooms. The refurb has added natural light and a great archive room which was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a wonderful day you organised for the war horse day. Both my 3 & 8 year old had a wonderful day, and us parents did also. Brilliant, friendly & helpful staff made it a brilliant day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was my first visit to the library since it reopened after being modernised. I was pleasantly surprised. There are 6 floors including the basement. Once you have sorted which floor you want it is easy to find what you want. There are computerised information points on all floors where you can do a search and obtain the reference number... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I love this library. It is an interesting building with beauriful architecture. The cafe on the ground floor is good and staff very polite and friendly. There are some interactive tables which kids love too. Great coffee and cakes! Computer access is useful. Archives are good. It's a bright and airy place to be in. You can even go online... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Just a short visit to show my daughter and husband the facilities the library has to offer, we were on a day trip into Manchester and decided to visit a number of places, this being one of them, very enjoyable hour or so wondering around the archives on the ground floor, took my husband as he wants to start researching... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

What an amazing library!! Refreshed and welcoming, this library makes you want to settle in and stay. The ground floor cafe, manned by a very pleasant staff, is surrounded by interactive displays providing historical information about the area. The displays are well thought out and allow visitors to learn in an open environment. Upstairs, the reading room is gorgeous and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The entrance is opposite the Midland Hotel as the whole place is surrounded by building work. Well worth the hunt as it's a magnificent building. Superb Archives section with fascinating displays. Really well presented. The cafe is fab with great seating areas including interactive tables!

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Manchester
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I haven't used this library much since I was a student in the 1970s. I popped in today to have a look at what it's like since the refurbishment. Wow! A wonderful job has been done. The beauty of the original building has been brought out. It's been cleaned, painted and some building work has been done to reveal a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Like the new feel and the volunteers and the archives and the computers you can search. went to talk at history festival. been to conference too. toilets smelly and layout confusing. get membership if you can.

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