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Manchester Central Library, Manchester

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Manchester Central Library is the headquarters of the city's library and information service in Manchester, England. Facing St Peter's Square, it was designed by E. Vincent Harris and constructed between 1930 and 1934. At its opening, one critic wrote, "This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon". The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome. The library building is grade II* listed. In 2010, a four-year project to renovate and refurbish the library commenced. Central Library re-opened on 22 March 2014.HistoryBackgroundManchester was the first local authority to provide a public lending and reference library after the passing of the Public Libraries Act 1850. The Manchester Free Library opened at Campfield in September 1852 at a ceremony attended by Charles Dickens. When the Campfield premises were declared to be unsafe in 1877, the library was moved to the old Town Hall in King Street. The library moved again to what is now Piccadilly Gardens, to the former outpatients wing of Manchester Royal Infirmary and an old YMCA hut in 1912.
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  • A very exiting trip back in time in Manchester. A place where you can find and do everything, from read to play, eat, drink and especially learn. 
  • Circular library located at St. Peter's Square, just behind the Town Hall. It was built between 1930 and 1934, although it can appear older due to its traditional neoclassical architecture. It has four floors.
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  • We spent about 30 minutes looking at the library and the various exhibits- we did not use it as a library- just looked at it as an example of a modern building. 
  • Absolutely brilliant, the best library I've ever been to! (never thought id say that) haha. Great place to work with a variety of places and it even has electric pianos and drum kits!
  • Gorgeous, quiet but not daunting, can still whisper, plug suckets available. But got to get there early to find a seat, plus cafe drinks are decent prices but food's a bit costly
  • Great location and wonderful staff! However, it should be open on Sundays too. At least in the mornings.
  • An iconic library, and the revamp has been done so well...Stunning architecture, just a lovely place to visit
  • The library is an absolutely gorgeous architectural building with so much Mancunian history embedded in it. After the revamp its even better than before with new things to look at and even more ways to learn. Truly brilliant. Visit the main dome its spectacular.
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