Central Library


St. Peters Square
Greater Manchester
M2 5PD

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 1128 reviews1128 reviews
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel:+44 (0)161 234 1983

Add Central Library to your Itinerary

Exterior of Central Library

Ticket Prices

Ticket Prices

Book Tickets

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2022
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Terrible

Recent Reviews:

  • md1mm
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Not a typical library
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 11th February 2023
    This is a great building which is worth visiting as a tourist. Despite the name it is not a typical library in the traditional way. It is more an information hub with exhibitions and a cafe. The... Read full review
  • Crystalline4u
    Victoria, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 14th April 2023
    Designed by E. Vincent Harris and facing St Peter’s Square is this stunning library. This is a domed shaped building with columns. I was instantly fascinated by the building and it was on my list... Read full review
  • paulac32
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Photography exhibition curated by Noel Gallagher...
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 22nd April 2023
    Excellent free exhibition of music photography from Jill Furmanovsky on the first floor near the reading room. Definitely worth a visit if you're interested in either music or photography. Read full review



  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Free Admission


  • Cater for vegetarians
  • On-Site café/restaurant

Imported Facilities

  • Disabled Access - BASIC (*)
  • Open All Year

Provider Facilities

  • Lift
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Dates and Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday - Thursday09:00 - 20:00*
Friday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00*
Bank HolidayClosed


Mon-Sat. Closed Bank Holidays.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

What's Nearby

  1. Sightseeing Manchester - Open-Top Bus Tour

    Discover Manchester with a 90 minute bus tour taking you to Manchester’s key sights.

    0.01 miles away
  2. Manchester Town Hall

    Built in 1877, Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian, neo-gothic classic and home of the…

    0.02 miles away
  3. Albert Square

    Gothic heart of Manchester city centre. Home to the town hall and many seasonal events.

    0.04 miles away
  1. Chinatown

    The oriental centre of the city.

    0.18 miles away
  2. The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

    A late-Victorian, neo-Gothic masterpiece

    0.21 miles away
  3. Manchester Opera House

    A popular calling point for touring productions and concerts, including big-name West End…

    0.25 miles away
  4. Manchester Central

    Manchester Central is an award winning, globally renowned venue in the heart of one of…

    0.25 miles away
  5. Great Northern Warehouse

    The Grade 2 listed Great Northern building, a former railway goods distribution warehouse…

    0.26 miles away
  6. Royal Exchange Theatre

    Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre Company transforms the way people see theatre, each…

    0.26 miles away
  7. Bridgewater Hall

    Enjoy concerts ranging from classical and jazz through to world and popular music.

    0.27 miles away
  8. Shambles Square

    Shambles Square is a historic square situated right next to Exchange Square Metrolink…

    0.31 miles away
  9. Spinningfields

    One of the city’s most vibrant destinations, Spinningfields is a thriving hub for work,…

    0.32 miles away
  10. Palace Theatre

    A popular calling point for touring productions and concerts, including big-name West End…

    0.35 miles away
  11. People's History Museum

    People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its…

    0.34 miles away
  12. HOME

    A purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books.

    0.39 miles away
Previous Next


Thursday, 8th June 2023 - Monday, 12th June 2023

Central LibraryManchester Histories FestivalWelcome to Manchester Histories Festival 2022, now returning for its 8th edition, exploring the history of climate change as well as celebrating the rich histories & heritage of Greater Manchester.
more info

Saturday, 15th April 2023 - Saturday, 24th June 2023

B and W image by Jill Furmanovsky50 Years of Rock PhotographyFor the last 50 years, Jill Furmanovsky has been photographing music's greatest icons. Now for the first time, Jill has created a fascinating retrospective featuring some of her most famous works as well as hidden gems from her extensive archive.
more info

Follow Manchester