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Manchester Central Library, Manchester

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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. A four-year project to renovate and refurbish the library commenced in 2010. 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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  • Right at the entrance, you can see a beautifully restored wooden ceiling with nice painting. Worth a look. There is also a café with trifles. Who is on the road in the city centre of Manchester, should look once.
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  • Upon entering I was surprised modern and functional that is all; also has a wonderful Café where you drink a coffee while you work on your stuff.
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  • This is a must for any visitor to Manchester. With a 1934 exterior but very modern interior and interactive facilities. Great for family history plus you can view large number of local films all free ...  more »