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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • This is place is really special. Fantastic exhibitions and the reading room upstairs is a sight to behold. There's a café 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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