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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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Recently upgraded.. an excellent piece of Manchester history

This amazing Victorian building been upgraded recently, with perfect reservation to its original features, more friendly options inside for everybody, it has PC internet caffea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This amazing Victorian building been upgraded recently, with perfect reservation to its original features, more friendly options inside for everybody, it has PC internet caffea, conference halls, archive, art gallery, public area to relax, and an interactive exhibition that will attract young children

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to the library to join fab place light bright and airy with cafe inside ,makes want to study all day,if you join you can access ancestry records for free,traced my family back many generation, s Love it will be visiting agaain soon ,staff very helpful

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This library is huge, and the building historic, but the most interesting aspect is the amazing installations on the main floor. There are interactive stations with history of Manchester and its residents and even a place to send postcards via email. There are stations to listen to oral histories, and ones to watch some of the many historic films in... More 

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Thank Betsy F
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I know this library has undergone massive and expensive refurbishment but its well worth it. Full of interactive local history. Loved it and will be back. We only called in to kill half an hour before theatre but we were very impressed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is lots of interesting history to explore in this library which is presented in an accessible and engaging way.

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Thank Penelope H
Delray Beach, Florida, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love libraries, but this one shows off its history as well as collections. Local archives and helpful staff

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Thank Nancy S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When you first walk in, there's a huge local history section, film archives and lots of digital Maps and a cafe. It's obvious they've spent a lot of money on the building as each and every crevice is gorgeous

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Thank Jack N
Rossendale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been more than 15 years since I was last here and it's undergone a magnificent transformation. I remember it being dark and unwelcoming but no longer - now it's a beautiful monument to mancunian culture and somewhere I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and will do again soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was closed due to a special book signing event. There was also a construction going on the road in front of the library and I had a difficult time getting its pictures (I used my selfie stick to take good ones).

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Thank Ryusuke M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Should you be wandering through Manc centre, pop into our new, mega-expensively refurbished library. Seeing it all will take 10 minutes, after that, you'll be bored (unless you want to read something obviously).

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