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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England (Manchester City Centre)
44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #28 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Type: Libraries
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Mexborough, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We have been past this building on numerous occasions when visiting Manchester but never ventured in - it didn't seem like the sort of place you made a special stop for. However, we had a few hours to spare and decided to pop our heads in to see what was inside. Wow! A really modern library in an old building.... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped by for a quick look and it all looks fantastic! Not sure if it was worth all the money or the loss of Central Library for all this time, but the light and airy feel of the place is worth a look round.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Been a long time since I used the library - what a transformation. Such a vibrant and exciting place. Congratulations - will definitely visit again

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Southport, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A Mancunian friend enticed me in to the recently re-opened library. Modern stairs and lifts on the outer walls have been grafted in, and the intelligent use of glass has allowed the light to enter. All very agreeable. Do visit the main reading room, the one with the dome - this has not been meddled with and has its original... More

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Bury, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

After a multi million pound refit the library gas undergone a massive transformation to bring it into the current era. The traditional reading/reference library and reading areas have been joined by lots of electronic displays to attract a wide range of visitors.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Magnificent building with an imposing reading room upstairs. Downstairs is a great archive with films available as well as books ad local info. Very interesting display of history of manchester with a nice balance between artefacts and computer display stuff. Well worth a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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378 reviews 378 reviews
181 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I remember my student days in the library and this was the place to go study and get access to millions of books. It has just had a modern revamp but keeping its important architectural features. Brilliant revamp and this keeps libraries modern.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

After several years of refurbishment, the improved Central Library recently re-opened for all to enjoy, irrespective of whether you are interested in books or not, there is sure to be something of interest for all the family. If the last time you visited was before the refurbishment was begun, you will be amazed at the transformation that has taken place... More

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Glasgow
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is an absolutely beautiful building, inside and out. I'd recommend visiting it if you're in the area even if you don't require to use it as a library. It's a stunning building to spend some time reading or just people watching. The cafe though I found was quite pricey.

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Manchester
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Tightwads well remember Manchester Central Library from our student days. He a studious student and myself on the lookout to socialise. In those days there were plenty of staff. It was good to see the windows gleaming and the place generally cleaned up. Noticed that the main hall appeared to have kept the same desks. We realise that times have... More

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