Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District Travel Guide

Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District Sights

Central Library

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

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

This 1930s structure was once the biggest municipal library in the world, and today its circular exterior, 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. Notable sights within the library are the British Film Institute Mediatheque, a free-to-view collection of 2,000 films and TV programs relating to the United Kingdom and its people; the Media Lounge with creative software and gaming stations; the Music Library with a DJ-mixing desk and instrument collection that is free to use; and the Children's Library, as well as free Wi-Fi, displays on local history, and a convenient café.

Sight Information


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

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Sight Details:

  • Closed Sun.

Published 08/20/2030


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