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

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No need to be Quiet - Shout about it!

The building is quite a few years old now, but once you walk into it you will be amazed. There is an atmosphere of calmness and electrifying excitement, i know its a library but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
flash_gordy
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United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building is quite a few years old now, but once you walk into it you will be amazed. There is an atmosphere of calmness and electrifying excitement, i know its a library but as libraries go this place beats them all hands down, lots to see inside, plenty of modern seating, with audio booths to suit all. Well worth... More 

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Caltignaga, Italy
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think the biggest of Manchester. Very modern. different spaces to read or listen or just work on your pc.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Manchester Central Library is situated in St Peter's Square which has seen and is still seeing a lot of changes. The Library was closed for a long time and has been updated after spending £50m on it. It was reopened about March 2014 The Original Library was opened in 1934.The Square outside has had and still has ongoing works for... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been in Manchester for a long time and I cannot quite believe that I missed such a local treasure. This is no longer about books: it is about ancient treasures wonderfully preserved for our rediscovery, market research and other such references and reports for our planning and awareness, newspapers, journals. But it goes further than the scripted, offering... More 

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Thank Tiki B
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is actually the first public library in the world!. Located in the centre of the city, is free, with many book and magazines. Have free wifi and a coffee inside. The reading room at the centre is quite impressive (the silence there is almost sacred).

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London
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great architecture and the inside is stunning. I've never been in a round library before. It was easy to get to as we stayed at the Midland Hotel.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with my daughter who had been before and wanted to show me. Was struck by the beautiful architecture. You could hear a pin drop in the reading room. It was serene and lovely. Wish I could have stayed longer. Would recommend. Definitely worth visiting.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not local, so when I visited here it was for the for first. I have to say the library was fantastic, the facilities here were amazing. Even if your not a member you can just take your tablet, laptop or other device and connect to the wifi for free. I spent most of the day in the media... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to go to this before the revamp and I liked it then. It was bit archaic and old fashioned but had a charm about it. Besides I used to find everything I was looking for. The revamp has definitely improved the place and it's all modern etc but the main thing is if you can find what you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in and looked at the local history exhibits. They lack much of a theme other than being about local life. Not being local meant that they didn't mean a lot to us. However it was great to be able to watch films from the archive. The one we saw was great fun. There is a cafe, but it's... More 

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