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Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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History, books and much much more

This is not just a library, this is history, politics, music, literature and sociology all together... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andrei H
Silent central reading room

I love the central reading room- it's so quiet and the accoutpstics means any tiny noise echoes in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“reading room” (80 reviews)
“music section” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is not just a library, this is history, politics, music, literature and sociology all together in one iconic space. The central reading room is spectacular, and to see so many young people studying together was eye opening.

Thank Andrei H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love the central reading room- it's so quiet and the accoutpstics means any tiny noise echoes in a way I find fascinating. This keeps everyone quite! Beautiful too.

Thank SmilesGB
Reviewed 4 days ago

The building is as beautiful IMO. The silent study area is especially fantastic. Signing up to the library and getting on to a computer is easy as well - took me ~ 5 mins.

Thank Penile D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited this as part of our walking tour recommended by the tourist information centre. It is a really interesting and interactive place to visit. The beautiful stained glass windows, reader sculpture then led you to a quirky yet beautiful exhibition of tiny sheds which...More

Thank Janice C
Reviewed 5 days ago

very modern very interesting - interactive with Manchester past. The building inside is very modern. plenty of places to sit and interesting things to look at and listen to. Well worth a visit.

Thank DORSETstar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the outside a very good example of British architecture and also a very traditional and contemporary building. Huge abd many departments. Some staff we approached for help were very hostile this put us off but another member of staff restored our faith in humanity...More

Thank UBrummyZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I could spend day after day in this stunning building. The interactive 'encyclopaedia' tables in the cafe are brilliant. This is a 'must see' on any tourist list.

Thank Bernadette K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The library is a work of art, it is beautifully decorated, the building itself is intricate and creates that atmosphere of a treasure hunt. The staff is great, ready to help you navigate your way through the labyrinth of books.

Thank 277Izzy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you say? A few nice exhibits and a decent shop and a lot of books. It's a library and a nice building. Why am I reviewing it? Hmm, dunno. Hungover maybe and putting off work.

Thank bobcarlson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice library with helpful staff. It is a nice place to read for a while or to walk around. Coffee shop is good for snacks

Thank claire R
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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.
6 July 2017|
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Response from 1308RachieC | Reviewed this property |
I am sure there is an Archives section where they can either help you personally or point you in the right direction. If you call ahead, they may be able to have someone on hand to help with the initial searches and showing... More
5 April 2017|
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Response from GizmoSingapore | Reviewed this property |
If you want absolute quiet while doing revision, then the reading room which is on the same floor as the music section. Otherwise, all the other floors have tables and chairs where many are taking for revision time.