Central Library


St. Peters Square
Greater Manchester
M2 5PD

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Traveller162014
      Leeds, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Several free exhibitions
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 18th October 2022
      My boyfriend and I came in here to marvel at the lovely building and visit the free exhibitions. There was a nice one on the late monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, plus an exhibition surrounding prostate... Read full review
    • KuleDude
      Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Worth visiting, just to see the building.
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 30th October 2022
      The library building is a circular, stone faced classically styled edifice. And inside, whilst there there have obviously been modern updates, items such as the reading tables and chairs have been... Read full review
    • paulac32
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Free exhibits
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 3rd November 2022
      Two interesting and free exhibitions in the library at the moment. A small collection of photographs from the Sex Pistols first ever gig in Manchester and directly opposite a local artist called Jean... 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

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    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.
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    Thursday, 23rd February 2023 - Thursday, 23rd February 2023

    Paper strips in rainbow coloursHalf Term Activity for Children"Behind The Lens" is this year's theme for LGBT+ history month. Join in to celebrate at the animation workshop inspired by popular culture.
    more info

    Saturday, 18th February 2023 - Saturday, 18th February 2023

    PopcornFamily Film ClubThe Irish themed film will follow the storytime, plus themed crafts.
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    Saturday, 25th February 2023 - Saturday, 25th February 2023

    Book club for childrenFrench StorytimeCome along to share some stories and songs in French and English. The monthly sessions are interactive and fun, built on a blend of themed stories, rhymes and a final craft.
    more info

    Tuesday, 21st February 2023 - Tuesday, 21st February 2023

    International Mother Language Day craft activityInternational Mother Language Day at Central LibraryDuring the half term holidays why not bring the family along to join in for a multi-cultural celebration of language with the local community groups and specialist schools.
    more info

    Wednesday, 22nd February 2023 - Wednesday, 22nd February 2023

    Blue and orange poster: Manchester Histories SalonsManchester Histories Salons: The Hidden Cornbrook and Pomona RewildingJoin Dr John Piprani and Dr Nick Overton as they trace the hidden, underground journey of the River Cornbrook, passing through Manchester’s complex subterranean architecture and ending in the Manchester Ship Canal.
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    Wednesday, 1st February 2023 - Friday, 31st March 2023

    Toy homeManchester City of Literature ExhibitionThroughout the whole of February and March, Manchester City of Literature will have an exhibition available to celebrate International Mother Language Day, showcasing our international connection to the other UNESCO Cities of Literature and celebrating Manchester’s work at home.
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