Manchester Central Library

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General Information

Manchester Central Library is the city of Manchester's headquarters for library and information services. The building the library is housed in was built between 1930 and 1934 to the designs of architect E. Vincent Harris, it is built in a classical style with its design thought to loosely resemble the Pantheon. The library building is ‘Grade II’ listed. The library provides people in Manchester with a central point of knowledge, it is used by all ages from all walks of life.  

Getting there

The library is situated in the city centre of Manchester. If travelling by car you will need to be aware that parking comes at a cost, there are plenty of car parks around the city centre that are within walking distance of the library. The library is also within walking distance of all Manchester's major train stations ‘Piccadilly’, ‘Victoria’, ‘Oxford Road’ and ‘Deansgate’. If travelling by bus, get any bus to ‘Manchester Piccadilly’ bus station which is a short walk away.

Opening Times and Admission

The library is open six days of the week, Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sundays are the weekly day of closure. The library is free to access.

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