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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  • Last visited approx 1978, the picture here look the same, but lots more reconditioning! This was my favourite place to visit on a Saturday afternoon, and read all the reference books on digital audio....  more »
  • You will learn a lot about the social history of Manchester by browsing the terminals in the main lobby. A must to learn more about Manchester.  more »
  • A delightful, fascinating and inspiring place to wile a way an hour or two. Borrow a book, get a delicious coffe, and snuggle down in a comfy chair... find out what your Manchester area looked like 10...  more »
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  • This is place is really special. Fantastic exhibitions and the reading room upstairs is a sight to behold. There's a cafĂ© too, and it's next to a tram stop if you're travelling from out of town. It's a must-see if you're in Manchester.
  • This library is definitely my second home! Being a master's student I did most of my studying here. The study carrels in the 2nd floor are amazing and give you a personal space to study as freely as you want. The 4th floor is so quiet and is perfect for writing assignments and reading. The toilets are very good and the best thing is that there's a praying room. Definitely one of Manchester's great buildings.
  • Amazing facilities, free media suite with iMac computers, multiple study areas including the original dome study hall. Cafe area is casual and stocked with great snacks. Free internet and charge points, massive archive of books and records. Perfect modern library, the benchmark.
  • Great library. Went for the first time today and was impressed with how helpful and friendly all the staff are especially the lady at the main reception thanks.
  • Architecturally stunning building complex. A range of spaces for quiet study or group activity.
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