Image credit: Chetham's Library.

Chetham’s Library is one of the must-sees of any visit to Manchester. The library was founded in 1653, and is the oldest public library in the world – but the building dates back even further, to 1421. You’ll find Chetham’s Library on the same site as the Chetham School of Music. All visits and library tours must […]

The Place at Platt Lane

The Place at Platt Lane is a community library and resource centre in Fallowfield. Vibrant and friendly, the centre provides a range of services and events for the local community. Whether you’d like to try a new activity or talk to somebody about finding employment, The Place offers a range of support. Additionally, the centre […]

Manchester Central Library

One of Manchester’s greatest landmarks, Central Library is a building of architectural beauty and a place for knowledge and learning.

Manchester Libraries from Home

The home of Manchester Libraries online programme of events.

Whether you’re hunting for the latest bestseller or need some advice in the pursuit of your perfect job, Forum Library Wythenshawe is packed with resources and helpful staff. The library is situated in the Forum Centre, a bright and modern community hub offering leisure, education, library and health services alongside meeting rooms and creative activities. […]

Elizabeth Gaskells House

Offering a brilliant day out, there’s plenty for young and old to enjoy at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Take a day trip to find out more about the writer, Elizabeth Gaskell and her family. Sitting just one mile from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the house has charming rooms and a Victorian-style garden […]

With an extensive library, archive, study centre, exhibition space and performance venue, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation celebrates one of Manchester’s greatest cultural figures.

The Portico Library © Paul Husband

An independent subscription library and exhibition space, The Portico Library first opened its doors in 1806 as a library and newsroom. Housing an exceptional 19th century collection of approx 25,000 books in its Grade II listed building, the library continues to thrive as a hub of cultural activity. Open six days a week to the […]

John Rylands Library

A masterpiece of neo-Gothic style, the John Rylands Library first opened its doors to public readers on 1 January 1900. The library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands, and was built as a gift to Manchester. Home to one of the most remarkable university special collections in the world. […]

Withington Library

Withington Library was one of the first libraries in Manchester to have a young people’s reading room. The historic purpose-built library opened its doors in 1927 and has served the surrounding community of Withington ever since. In 2018 the library was fully refurbished and all original features were restored, making the space more useful and […]