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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
44 161 234 1900
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Ranked #15 of 129 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Libraries
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Paris, France
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114 reviews 114 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
59 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This library is a great addition to the city and well worth a visit. I'm sure that it will be of interest to most visitors to Manchester.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Housed in a great building the space inside is well used and the interactive displays are worth spending some time over. The light in the rooms is lovely. I'd love a library like this in my town.

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6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I went in here, when visiting Manchester, as the last time I came it was being refurbished. Outside it looks very impressive but Inside the reading room its absolutely amazing, with the central dome being the attraction, I wish I could visit on a regular basis. The facilities are extremely good from the archives to the normal library. There is... More

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