Manchester Central Library

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Manchester Central Library
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Libraries
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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MABE
Manchester, UK10 contributions
Jan 2022
17th Jan 22 : What a place to have in the middle of the heart of Manchester! the outside is just incredible, I went to Manchester Central Library, I went for no other reason but to go and explore! As soon as I arrived of course the Metrolink is right on hand that is easily accessible to multiple destinations, The outside of the building is just incredible a building from 1930 that looks new but also has the old feel to it and seems to be one of a kind and stand out on what is St Peters Square.
Upon entering the entrance to Library Walk I was greeted by beautiful mosaic floors making out flowers that seem to contrast with the reflective mirror-like ceiling above, the building is easy to access and clear signage. I got speaking to the gentleman on reception and he was very insightful and encouraged me to have a look around, unfortunately I didn’t catch his name, but he told me about the great hall and even though I have been there once before I totally missed it and I have no idea how!
The great hall… what a hidden Gem for seats for around 300 people this is a magnificent room that honestly helps you take a step back in time, it’s an almost magical setting with the beautiful clock in the middle that made it seem as if time stood still, As I was exploring, I did not fully go in as I didn’t want to distract anyone working and it seemed a little busy.
After my journey, I just jumped on the tram home, what a lovely evening for Monday after all.
Thank you and what a pleasure.
Written January 17, 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK17,807 contributions
Dec 2021
I have passed this impressive building many times but recently decided to call in to view the interior. It looks older than it is (completed 1934) and is modelled on a Roman Pantheon. The circular shape only adds to the feel of the building and you can actually walk round 360 degrees on the 4th Floor. The Book collection is impressive, with a clear focus on Manchester and a substantial collection on Music. There is a modern set of lifts to all of the four main floors and they have made significant investments to allow modern access to the archives, particularly the moving picture section. There is also a decent cafe on the ground floor and a small shop to round things off.
Written December 17, 2021
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK776 contributions
Dec 2021
I wish I lived here so that I could use this beautiful library on a regular basis! Worth a quick look round especially the central reading room and the exit lobby area (ceiling and window). A real sense of space.
Written December 16, 2021
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Pati2804
24 contributions
Sep 2021
Gorgeous building, worth to even just go inside to have a look. We walked around and saw the main study area which has a magnificent ceiling. Seemed very quite too so would be a good place to study again - made me wish I was a student again.
Written December 15, 2021
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Lukas M
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
Dec 2021
A great library, specially the reading room. They have a nice coffee inside and a modern floor with history. I recommend it
Written December 5, 2021
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Liz R
Shropshire, UK74 contributions
Oct 2021
Worth a visit for some quiet time ..architecture inside stunning , lots space , lots of places to sit ,
Written October 26, 2021
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unionjack2015
Hampshire, UK54 contributions
Oct 2021
A gorgeous building which was lovingly renovated not so many years ago. A really atmospheric and impressive space
Written October 22, 2021
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Kickassgirl5
United Kingdom171 contributions
Aug 2021
Another one of Manchesters fabulous FREE resources and even if you did have to pay it would be worth it. Fabulous history about Manchester and Greater Manchester, Coronation Street, books, guides, stunning architecture and much more. There is a lovely coffee shop but I didn't sample anything to say how good or bad it is.

100% worth a visit!
Written August 25, 2021
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Oyinkánsóla M
94 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
During our walkabout of the City of Manchester, we stumbled upon this, but unfortunately,l it was closed due to the pandemic.
Written June 30, 2021
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BarryH.
3 contributions
Nov 2020
I live in central Manchester so this library is my closest one .... it's a really impressive looking building in St Peters Square, that is spread over several floors .... the library has helpful staff, and a decent quota of volunteers to help out too .... there is also a handy on site cafe .... it's definitely worth a visit if you are in the city centre at any time ... as with any attraction anywhere though, just make sure you check the opening hours before you go ... especially in these times of covid!

The tram stops almost at the front door , and there are buses coming in an out of the city centre all day long .
Written January 8, 2021
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