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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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Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Beautiful jewel in the city's crown

Reopened in 2014 after a 4 year, £50m refit, the library has now been equally dragged into the modern age whilst being simultaneously been restored to it's former glory. Worth a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Reopened in 2014 after a 4 year, £50m refit, the library has now been equally dragged into the modern age whilst being simultaneously been restored to it's former glory. Worth a visit for the grand reading room alone, and if you have time, learn about the history of the region through the interactive Archives+ exhibits and grab a coffee at... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

this is the place to be if you love books ,,,,ive been to the Library on several occasions and its just amazing , so for any one visiting Manchester this is a must

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The huge domed room is welcoming, there is lots of local history information, some of which is fun to play with. The BFI film archive lets you view lots of films in bookable pods, A buzzing, friendly place where you feel you need to learn something. You can even send yourself an old postcard as a souvenir - for free.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

To tell you the truth this is your lucky day.Do you want to read?When we were waking to the museum I saw lots of books.I touched an interactive board.I think it is superb!You must come.The books are waiting for you to come!!!Don't think you have to pay £1000!You don't have to pay.I hope you come.Come now!!!

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

First time I have been in this library for over 40 years. It has been very nicely revamped on the ground floor with a cafe and lots of touch screen views of the history of Manchester. Worth a visit if you are passing and need a bit of quiet from the bustle of a city.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The recently refurbished Central Library is a great example of how a public amenity can be transformed into an stunning centre of information. It is so much more than a repository for books with interactive displays and exhibits tracking Manchester's rich history.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is now my favorite library. It has been updated and has many interactive displays. There are also greeters at the door willing to help. Used their family history area and the volunteers there were very helpful. Even the Cafe area was nice and the food very good. Now I know what a Hot Pot is.

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Utrecht
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

After a nice walk through the city my friend took me to the newly renovated library. Safe heaven for booklovers! Comics, classic literature, encyclopedias, music biographies and sheet music, the list goes on. Definitely pop in for a stroll past these shelves!

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This really is a beautiful building, a fine example of British architecture of the 1930's. It's recent refurbishment has been done extremely well. It has been thoroughly modernised whilst carefully preserving its historical features. The interactive local history exhibition is very interesting. The cafe is a good place to meet up, the coffee and cakes are very good. The reading... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Brillant!! A great example of 20th century English architecture! What |I don't like, is that is next to a busy intersection!

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