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Lancashire and the Peaks Sights

Central Library

  • St. Peter's Sq. Map It
  • City Centre
  • Library/Archive

Updated 05/29/2014

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The circular exterior of the city's main library, topped by a line of Doric columns and a massive Corinthian portico facing St. Peter's Square, is a major focus for Manchester's most prestigious civic quarter. Erected in 1930, it was at one time the biggest municipal library in the world. The glass-top reading room, inspired by the Pantheon, is worth seeing. A 2014 renovation added the British Film Institute Mediatheque, a free-to-view collection of 2,000 films

and TV programs relating to the city and its people.

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St. Peter's Sq., Manchester, M2 5PD, England

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  • Mon.–Thurs. 9–8, Fri.–Sat. 9–5

Updated 05/29/2014


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