Central Library recently celebrated 5 fantastic years since re-launching in 2014 following its major £48m transformation.  As the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Manchester Libraries, and one of the most loved and iconic venues in the city, our services and facilities are appreciated by over 2 million people annually, making it the busiest library in the UK!

Check out these amazing stats:

  • 8.3 million visitors to Central Library – we are the most visited public library in the country
  • 1.14 million items borrowed
  • 1 million free Wi-Fi sessions
  • 39,000 people have attended educational sessions
  • 250,000 people have attended special events and activities

There’s always lots going on and so much to do in Central Library, whether it’s reading, browsing, seeing a new exhibtion, taking in an author event or concert, getting advice about your new business idea, exploring Manchester archives, enjoying activities with the family, or simply taking time out in one of our fab cafe’s!

And that’s not all – find out much more about what happens in the venue and how you can join in and provide support to keep Central Library the beating heart of the city in our new celebratory booklet, and by visiting Manchester Central Library Development Trust, the charity that supports activities in Manchester Libraries