Keeping you updated
For the past three years, City Library on Deansgate and at Number One First Street, have been providing a great service to Manchester residents and visitors whilst Central Library has been closed for redevelopment. In preparation for its re-opening in Spring 2014, we are putting some temporary measures in place.
City Library at Elliot House, Deansgate and the library at Number One First Street are now closed.
During the closure a temporary library is open at the Town Hall Extension where PCs, digital maps, a small collection of children's books and a small local history section can be accessed. Local history books are also available in libraries across Manchester and can be reserved for collection at the Town Hall Extension.
The new Town Hall Extension temporary library opening hours are:
- Monday 8am-6pm
- Tuesday 8am-8pm
- Wednesday 8am-6pm
- Thursday 8am-8pm
- Friday 8am-5pm
- Saturday 9am-5pm
Although the temporary library will ensure continuous support in the city-centre, there will be a limited service available. Customers will still be able to use all other libraries across Manchester.
As part of the Central Library renovations, a new Centre of Excellence will open called Archives+. In order to prepare for the big move, changes to our current provisions have to take place. The Greater Manchester County Record Office and The Manchester Room are now closed until they re-open at Central Library in Spring 2014.
During this time staff are working hard to check, document, repackage and move thousands of items back to Central Library. Until we re-open we will not be able to answer email enquiries, apart from Data Protection and Freedom of Information requests, baptism certificate requests and image reproduction enquiries.
Many of our most popular resources are now available online, including Church of England parish registers at Ancestry.co.uk, the Manchester Collection at findmypast.com and the Local Image Collection. The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society will remain open during this period at Clayton House.