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Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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A very impressive library

Spacious with lots of information and places to sit and browse. Full of light and very central. It... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Johntherunner
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London, United Kingdom
Full of jobsworth staff and stupid booths no-one can use

I visited today with my learning mentor. I'm a student with Autism, so we wanted somewhere quiet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Excellent64%
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  • Average7%
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“reading room” (86 reviews)
“family history” (13 reviews)
“music section” (11 reviews)
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Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spacious with lots of information and places to sit and browse. Full of light and very central. It is free to enter and a good cafe with a wide food and drinks selection

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited today with my learning mentor. I'm a student with Autism, so we wanted somewhere quiet and private to work, so we went to a booth. An idiotic member of staff said "Hello ladies. This you can't work here. It's not for studying. Just...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited to see an exhibition about the Somme. Named 'The Danger Tree' the exhibition involved an interactive experience using i - pads to view real paintings. The tablet then provided an experience about the war that was particularly moving. The images were voiced over by...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only had a couple of hours to spare before catching the train. Having seen the rotund building from the outside the previous day we thought we would take a look. The more you venture into this building, the more you can see how much...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the great things about the UK is that we have FREE access to so many things like MCL - museums, galleries, public parks and open countryside - and this place is a gem of a building with a beautiful reading room and some...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you traveling with kids, take a tour. The building is historic but the inside is Modern and nice to see if you are touristic

Thank Tone Irén A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is great just for somewhere to sit and hang about it. There is the magnificent Wolfson Reading Room for research and Archives+. Cafe's nice, too. Not your typical library - vibrant with pianos and drum kits and all sorts.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building houses an incredible array of books both modern and historical. Many students still use the reference books. There is also a music library. Well worth a look at a real living library in the day of digital referencing.

1  Thank 369heather
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Really beautiful and large library with wide variety of services. It hosts even a truly amazing art exhibition. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

if you are in Manchester city please make an effort to visit the library. It has a coffee shop but also so much more. If you go into the music part some one will most likely be playing the piano or check through the newspapers...More

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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.
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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.
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travelingsusie5
6 July 2017|
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Response from Bill N | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for late answer due to log in errors. You can access lots of information thru the uk births,marriages,deaths register and ancestry website
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