A photograph of Central Library

Central Library

Central Library is the city’s main library and information service. Situated just off St Peter’s Square, this iconic city venue, designed by E. Vincent Harris, was first opened in 1934. Following a £50m refurbishment in 2010, taking four years, the Grade II listed building has been brought into the 21st century by combining historic features with cutting-edge design. Most of our events take place in the Archives+ area on the ground floor and the performance space on the ground floor.


  • Car park – No
  • Refreshments – Yes
  • Accessible toilets – Yes
  • Baby change facilities – Yes
  • Free Wi-Fi – Yes


  • Central Library is fully accessible with lifts, ramps and hearing loops in certain locations
  • There are several blue badge parking bays behind the library on Mount Street

Getting there

By tram: St Peters Square is the closest tram stop. It is directly opposite the venue

By bus: the nearest bus stops are on Albert Square and Piccadilly Gardens

By bike: there are bike racks outside the library

By car: the nearest car parks are NCP Car Park Manchester Great Northern Warehouse 1 and Q-Park Piazza

By train: from Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Deansgate, you can either walk or take the tram to St Peter’s Square


Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Telephone: 0161 234 1983

Email: libraries@manchester.gov.uk

Venue website


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Accessibility information

Please call 0161 219 2534 or email a.rawcliffe1@manchester.gov.uk