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Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Beautiful building with so much to see and do,

Visited Saturday and just so much happening. Lots of planned activities for children and families... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Books, Interactive Areas and a Café

The lending library had not much choice on the books I personally needed, but there is a a pretty... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Karla B
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“reading room” (82 reviews)
“family history” (13 reviews)
“music section” (11 reviews)
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Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England
+44 161 234 1983
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited Saturday and just so much happening. Lots of planned activities for children and families and great to see so many families making the most of it. A great place and well worth a visit.

Thank jokelly99
Reviewed 3 days ago

The lending library had not much choice on the books I personally needed, but there is a a pretty big selection overall. The reference section however is huge, and the large reading room is really beautiful. There is a Café for a simple selection of...More

Thank Karla B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this huge beautiful building, a lot of attractions nearby, I am visiting Manchester for 2 days only and already felt in love with this beautiful city, love the exhibition and its culture, I will be back again very soon. Pan from Thailand

1  Thank Pana900
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just passed by outside the building along St. Peter’s Square. We took pictures in front of the building. Loved the building facade. We also enjoyed the city because of the gothic style and beautiful architectural design of the downtown city.

Thank Penny_Montes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous building inside and out. The window over the entrance and the magnifcent staircase grab your attention as soon as you walk in. In the main reading room the ceiling dome is astounding. The selection of books is second to none. there is a small...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not been since the upgrade a couple of years ago. A great space with a lovely atmosphere. There was a man playing a piano near the shop and the cafe. A walk into the other floors where the original reading room was still there, a...More

Thank Newbeetles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We honestly came in here as the weather had turned a tad inclement. this is a beautiful library space there is an exhibition space downstairs and a lovely cafe with great interactive computer tables.

Thank JohnandNibs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely building,but,all the old historical atmosphere has disappeared.Replaced by computers in booths,etc,all modernised and nice and customer friendly...Ok I know it's me being old fashioned,but the interior of the new Central library left me cold..

Thank kevin m
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Went in for a lunchtime break on a day trip food was good,toilets were free to go into and very clean and tidy,plenty of seating all around.

Thank Monica A
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Very impressive. It has a huge range of books very well organised. It's clean, inviting and full of life. There's a great computer cluster and helpful staff, not to mention the stunning architecture inside and out!

Thank Andy_Bbb1616
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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