Libraries Access our archives, rare books and collections

Covid-19 update

The search room is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions, but is due to reopen on Monday 12 April.

Search room opening hours

The search room opening hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Thursday - 9.30am to 6pm
  • Sunday - closed

To visit, please book at least one working day in advance. We need to receive your request by 9am of the day before you want to visit or by 9am on Friday if you want to visit on a Monday.

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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