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Manchester Central Library

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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What an exceptional asset

A library to boast about. This is a working library, with plenty of space to do research. There is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Atlanta, Georgia
Lovely area for young children

We visited on a Monday morning and the library was fairly busy but the children’s area was quiet... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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“music section”(12 reviews)
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Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Reviewed yesterday

A library to boast about. This is a working library, with plenty of space to do research. There is a well stocked Music Library with music scores from many, many composers.

Thank chasevalley
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited on a Monday morning and the library was fairly busy but the children’s area was quiet. Lovely interactive area for children with soft seats and lots of books to read.

Thank Tiggy1975
Reviewed 6 days ago

An interesting and well used public building, with a mixture of good working space and exhibitions of interest to the general public.

Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 1 week ago

I use the Cental Library once a month for books but this is only a tiny part of what is on offer. Entry is free of charge but a small donation does no harm. The Archives section is always worth a look for any visitor...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of space to work. Free wifi. Nice cafe for coffee. Good environment to work in. Helpful staff. Would recommend.

Thank DaviCoh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic Library full of many gems, a lot of people studying and working there, a true asset to Manchester and i also learnt why the city had Bee Insignia everywhere. Well worth a visit to see the architecture and History of the place as well...More

Thank Sketchitt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The is a working public library with interesting collection areas especially the music where customers actually play the written music! The building has been renovated and the stairways are a marvel to climb. Enter and walk to the top slowly taking in the history exhibits...More

Thank slarson127
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spotted this place as I got off the tram and had to go in. Fantastic building with a central circular reading room plus a cafe, exhibition space and other areas. Lovely, quiet and contemplative atmosphere.

Thank Anita H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original library has been beautifully maintained, and there are cases containing information about the city. There is an exhibition of photographs of people in gender transition that is beautiful. Very much worth a wander round.

Thank Margaret20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was in the area and called into the library to see what it was like, one word can only describe it... stunning. A beautiful building and great services and friendly staff, well worth a visit, just wish that could have spent more time here.

Thank RnWP
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22 July 2018|
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Response from edwardbear80 | Reviewed this property |
Hi again. I have done some searching for you and the nearest disabled car parks are at St Peters Square. there are other car parks but well priced at Queen St £5 for two hours 5min from the library. Piazza £6'80 for two... More
15 July 2018|
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Response from 190brianp | Reviewed this property |
I am sure they would be impressed by the technology especially where it is interactive. However I agree that the science museum would be better as there are things of interest for all ages. It is a full day when I take my... More
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27 April 2018|
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Response from geofflancs | Reviewed this property |
A car park next to the Ibis Hotel near Chinatown