Libraries Books and other material about Central Library

Links to Central Library sources

Some items are only available in our Special Collections. These will need to be booked in advance.

Archives sources

Please note these items need to be booked in advance

  • Manchester Public Libraries Collection Search under GB127.740 (in Ref. No) on the Archives Catalogue
  • There are plans of the current building in our Building Control Plan collection GB127.M900/1/2/3/7
  • We also hold minutes of the various Manchester Corporation/City Council committees in the Archives Catalogue:
    • Libraries Committee 1852-1970: search under GB127.Council Minutes/Libraries (in Ref. No.)   
    • Cultural Committee 1970-1984: search under GB127.Council Minutes/Cultural (in Ref. No.)   
    • Leisure Committee 1984-1988: search under GB127.Council Minutes/Leisure (in Ref. No.)   


Our Local Image Collection has many photographs of Central Library.  You will also find images of earlier buildings under Manchester Free Library and Manchester Temporary Central Library (for an explanation of the various buildings see History of Central Library)

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