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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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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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great advert for city

I loved everything about this free attraction and resource and cultural icon. The architecture and layout is very unique and there is so much to see especially the audio visual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I loved everything about this free attraction and resource and cultural icon. The architecture and layout is very unique and there is so much to see especially the audio visual stuff on ground floor on city history and the huge archive collection. They have a cosy café with some interesting ethinic foods including quinoa salad and witnessing the intellectual get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

lots to do and to read. not much of a book buff myself but really enjoyed my time here so yeah id definately come againn

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This building is round and was completely refurbished last year - we loved the building (inside and out), especially the setup and access to the archives,the reading room, the music library, the cafe - in general the ambiance!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Started going to this library in 1966 as a student.Havent been for a while. Went to see after the improvements.What a fantastic job has been done.The blend of the new and the old is incredible.Brought tears to my eyes.Well done Manchester.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The newly restored Central Library in Manchester is well worth a visit . It has been beautifully done and is cleanly presented. The original stained glass and sweeping staircases are still there. There is a lovely café, very cheap and good food. On the day I visited, an archivist was showing really old books and people were allowed to touch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I have recently joined the library on line. As I went in to borrow and show ID I been approached strait away with warm welcome. All I needed have been explained and they delivered a quick and professional service. Thank you.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

following its refurbishment the library is looking terrific. There are now more facilities on offer than ever before and all are easily accessible

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you want to learn about popular music and its representatives, musicians, icons... the music itself, this is the place to go, indulge into the vast collection of material, next to the books in the more privat reading corners or in the huge circular reading room

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is one of the best places to go in Manchester. Having closed for refurbishment, it has reopened and is a magnificent addition to the city. Not only a library, but also a place to sit and read, have a coffee, relax, learn, eat, chat ... it is really gorgeous. I think you'd be hard pushed to find such a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for a peek in this interesting round building. Recent renovation appears thoughtful at retaining the majestic historical elements of the main reading room and stacks combined with modern amenities and layout in other parts of the building. Appreciated the music section which combined stacks with practice space.

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