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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #10 of 81 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Just go and see and judge for yourself, my opinion world class!! The interactive tables in cafe are amazing but should be more of them!!

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Salford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A good place to go and study/ hold a group session. As I often get peckish, a great plus is that you can eat on the ground floor.

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Manchester
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Love the interactive displays and the wonderful smell of old books in the upstairs rooms. The children's section is good with soft play area. This is my local library and this is where it is not so impressive as the book selection is not so good forvsuch a huge library and computer system is not reliable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Was here quite a lot during my student days loved the quiet although it smelled like a basement with a lot of books, it didn't bother me but its something i still remember after all this time

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

Situated in St Peters Square, the building is hard to miss, as it is a very unusual design. Built in the 1930s it was not very accessible to disabled visitors before the refurbishment. Now however the design is 100% wheelchair friendly, it is better lit inside, and has toilets on most floors except strangely on the ground floor. The cafe... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The building the library is situated in is a stunning old building. It's quite spectacular to look at. It has great facilities, and it's fairly easy to navigate with clear signs telling you what's on which floor. It has a dedicated quiet work area on the first floor, in the middle of the building. It's great that it has a... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I visited the Library after gap of many years and was really impressed by the job done. The architectural features have been restored whlislt bringing this iconic institution into the 21st century. The ambience is superb, the opportunities for study outstanding, welcome back, Central Library!

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Recently brought into the 21st century, could spend hours here, even have a picnic in one of the booths while watching old films!! Lots of information on old Manchester, great to trace your family's history if from that area.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A very impressive building which gives an opportunity for a quiet bit of relaxation. There is a cafeteria and very clean toilet facilities. I apologise to any American readers for the use of the word "toilet" but that is what we call them over here since almost none of them have a "bath".

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A fantastic exhibition of photographs on display in the library showing the amazing expedition that Princess Alice Made to the kingdom in 1938.

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