Manchester City Council

Libraries Transformation of the Central library

Our Central library opened its doors to the public again on Saturday 22 March 2014, after undergoing a transformation which took three and a half years.

Previously only 30 per cent of the building was open to the public with 70 per cent behind the scenes. This imaginative redesign has opened up the library and reversed these ratios, meaning more space and more services.

The transformed Central Library is the second largest public library in the UK and is intended to be an inclusive space, appealing to families, children and young people, and even aspiring entrepreneurs as much as more traditional library audiences.

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