Manchester City Council

Libraries Access our archives, rare books and collections

Our vast archive and local history collections are stored on different mediums. Some are online and others are held at the Central Library.

GM Lives is our searchable archives catalogue which lets you find information about local history books, maps and photographs held by local history libraries within Greater Manchester.

Collections at the Central Library

Most records are available for you to look at, but access to some is restricted. Restrictions are indicated in our archives catalogue.

If what you want is held at the Central Library, make a note of the reference number found either on this site or GM Lives. You can then:

If you need help looking for specific information, we offer a research service for a small charge.

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