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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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Previous cafe in old library was a disaster. This one is functional next to computers, with very sensible provision of drinks and light food. They make the coffee extremely well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Previous cafe in old library was a disaster. This one is functional next to computers, with very sensible provision of drinks and light food. They make the coffee extremely well at very reasonable price, served by well trained staff.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

First (and not the last) time I've been in since it's been refurbished, and what a wonderful job they've done! The interactive touch screen archives are great, cafe's wonderful and staff very helpful. A credit to Manchester.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Library well laid out, easy to get around. Staff very helpful and provided excellent information /advise

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My kids have been to the children's library several times and feel very at home there. The highlights are definitely the puddle and the interactive wall!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I visit this library on a frequent basis..most recently last Friday. After a complete refurbishment it is now even better than before with a splendid restoration. The old atmosphere has been retained. Lovely stained glass windows and the magnificent Woolfson reading room. Free WiFi. ...a great place with a cafe and decent coffee!!! and study rooms. A recent connection has... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lots of stuff to rent as well as state of the art I-Macs as well as decent books and friendly staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We really enjoyed learning about the history of Manchester through the interactive active exhibits in this Library. I would highly recommend.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a great place to pop in and have coffee and cake. It's a beautiful venue and has reasonable prices. It was spotlessly clean and the customer service couldn't be faulted. Recommended!

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We passed by Manchester Central Library on our way to the city center. At first glance the building reminds me of the Royal Albert Hall in London. The 2 buildings are similar in that they are both round. The library is a bit smaller than the Royal Albert Hall. I found it unique as the building seemed perfectly round. It's... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Easy to spend a full day here, without even looking at a book. Fabulously refurbished, with interactive computer and video equipment. With lots of archive material for studdy or leisure. Great cafe and coffee shop. Staff pleasant and helpful. Great music floor, and science material, even a 3D printer to watch working.

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Additional Information about Manchester Central Library

Address: Address: St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
Phone Number: 44 161 234 1900
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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