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Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Glorious building - and a brilliant library

Don't let the traditional exterior fool you. This library is techno savvy. That said everything is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chester, United Kingdom
Fantastic mix of old and new

Worth a visit - a library that could have been in Harry Potter (almost), mixed with modern upgrades... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Average7%
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“reading room” (83 reviews)
“family history” (13 reviews)
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Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Don't let the traditional exterior fool you. This library is techno savvy. That said everything is easy to use. Fabulous research opportunities.

Thank Chestertripper
Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth a visit - a library that could have been in Harry Potter (almost), mixed with modern upgrades and design touches that combine to make it very impressive.

Thank J.P.Hernes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just stopped by to have a little wander around and it was fantastic. A beautiful library worth visiting if you're into books, regardless of whether or not you want to take anything out.

Thank danecobain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had some time to kill before going to a meeting, but what a brilliant experience. Very hi-tech and nothing like your typical library. Lots of interactive, but simple to operate computer screens. It gives a huge amount of history of Manchester and if anybody is...More

Thank geofflancs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always love to visit here when in Manchester. It is st Peter's sq landmark lovely on the outside and beautiful on the in..advise all people to go in and visit and also see what's on. Great location and with metrolink right outside it's also...More

Thank KLEE00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has changed in the fifty years since I used to use it regularly. We came here for coffee. As a library you'd expect it to be quiet, and it is. They had the Remembrance Day two minutes silence while we were there, and...More

Thank MPeterson67
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Central library was refreshing. It has old charm mixed with new. There are many modern resources to get information about many topics, including information about the history of Manchester.

Thank cpF6161FD
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Very beautiful library in circular format. Try to go to the top floor which is the most fantastic place in this library.

Thank Bruno_M_Gs
Reviewed 3 November 2017

The reading area was big, well-lit and had a nice and cozy atmosphere. The rest of the library seemed nice as well with a wide range of books. The café and shop was nice as well.

Thank claratwinding
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

A little something for everyone. The ground level is open and unlibrary like. They have a piano, they have many hands on activities for the young and old to engage. It is bright and welcoming and is not afraid of using modern technology. A model...More

1  Thank Jenise L
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Sue T
21 September 2017|
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Response from Jackie P | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we have the MEN on microfilm. It's on open access and can be viewed anytime, no need to book. It's in Archives+ on the ground floor, behind the cafe.
Angelines G
6 July 2017|
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Response from Jackie P | Property representative |
Yes, the library is open in August. However it's not open on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
6 July 2017|
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Response from MikeCain | Reviewed this property |
I think it depends on how far back you have already traced. The library has access to all the civil records which includes the Church of England but I dont think includes the Catholic or other non conformist churches. There... More