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Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
M2 5PD
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A dancer jumping at Company Chameleon's Illuminate at Central Library
Company Chameleon's Illuminate at Central Library | ©Joel Chester Fildes

Manchester Central Library, situated on St Peter’s Square and tucked just inside the Oxford Road Corridor, is the headquarters of the city’s library and information service. Designed by E.Vincent Harris between 1930 and 1934, it is a stunning building made up of a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure.

Its majesty is enough to impress visitors alone, but the true treasures lie inside.

You can discover rare books and collections, archives and records, visit the Henry Watson Music Library, use a range of computer and media options and enjoy refreshments at the onsite cafe and shop. They have a year-round events programme which covers family activities, exhibitions and performance with notable past performers including Everything Everything, Company Chameleon and Jesca Hoop. As an interactive and welcoming space, it is open for all to enjoy and serves the community as a centre for literature, learning and fun.

Whether you’re just snapping a shot of it for your Instagram, studying in peace or researching a project, Central Library is a must-see attraction if you’re in Manchester.

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