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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #16 of 127 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Libraries
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bangkok
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21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I remember my time in the library during my youth and first year of working so I wanted to take my 9 & 11 year old boys who have never been to a library before (we live in Thailand where libraries are rare). We spent most of our visit in one of the movie booths on the ground floor watching... More

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Rome, Italy
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

A great makeover - with fabulous interactive historical material on the city. I used to visit the Library Theatre in the 60s, shaw it is no longer there but I am told the company is going strong

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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

October 22nd 2014 was my first visit to manchester for 4 years and therefore my first chance to see the newly restored library, I am sure there are many good points but it seems to have lost it's character, the old seems to have been completely replaced, unlike Liverpool library which has blended the old and the new, and also... More

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Paris, France
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40 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

There are libraries and there are libraries. This is the best one I have ever been to! The array of books is incredible together with the amount of computers. Staff very friendly. A lovely,big comfortable library.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Recently renovated, the beautiful Manchester Central Library attempts to combine digital experience with it's thorough content of the city's history. The experience felt disjointed at times but the overall atmosphere of the place was well preserved especially the library's architecture.

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Bournemouth
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I like the huge investment in digital access, after a £40 million re-design, the new cafe and even the books, maps etc in the lending section. Most of all I love this circular building and am delighted to see the main reading room is there with wooden chairs similar to those I used so much when a student in the... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I waited 5 years for a chance to peak inside this amazing place so was thrilled when it finally opened again (although the remaining surrounding construction is still quite annoying). It is STUNNING inside, the reading room is so beautifully framed by the enormous dome roof and is amazingly peaceful. The downstairs is the general library which is well stocked... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We have walked past as the work has gone on over the past months and were pleasantly surprised to see it was finished. What a treat this building is. Sympathetically refurbished and yet bringing a new light and brightness to the building. Beautiful spaces have been created, and it is a practical and attractive place to go - wish we... More

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Oakland, California
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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The distinctive round building has recently been restored, and includes some interesting museum-like displays about Manchester's history and famous residents. I was especially excited to see the display case of artifacts related to the 19th century author Elizabeth Gaskell.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Recently completely refurbished. Excellent interactive section on the history of Manchester for example. Very good search facilities for information on anything. Pleasing and modern layout with liberal use of modern IT technology. Very easy to access through the Metro via St Peter's Square. Can reserve books on-line and checkout is a doddle with advanced IT systems. A lot of relaxing... More

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