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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  • August 20, 2017
    May be attracted to the majestic appearance, use a couple of times, at the Manchester International inside the antiquated, solemn atmosphere, which means, it is fashioned in a traditional library. Visit after a long time and so has undergone renovations, etc., but have left remnants of the previous witness, seemed pleased.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Laid back venue on ground floor of Super Cool Library. I had a very flavourful green tea. Great place for a break in centre of Manchester shopping.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This library is fantastic from the architecture to the entrance inside, interactive history, a day could easily be spent there, cool and so clean. My granddaughter wants to go again as we didn't have ...  more »
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  • August 11, 2017
    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.
  • August 29, 2017
    I love the refit. Going with my sister when she did her family history used to be a dull time. But the airy spaces are a marvel now.
  • July 10, 2017
    Huge and quiet reading room in the upper floor, and people rehearsing their singing and piano skills in the surrounding corridor. The library definitely deserves its grade II* listing.
  • June 11, 2017
    Wonderful library, magnificent building, very nicely refurbished. Well worth a visit. The old and new architecture make the interior a very interesting space.
  • May 5, 2017
    Most amazing building Manchester. Great place to read or just contemplate. Superb place to meet friends and be social. Various zones makes it a place for all ages to enjoy and make use of for study or pleasure

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