Library Opening Hours

Due to the Coronavirus we are reducing the number and opening hours of libraries, see here for the latest details.

Changes to loan periods, registrations and overdue fines

To make things easier for our customers the following changes have been made.

  • All books issued from today (Friday 20th March) will be due back on 8th June.  This includes renewals
  • All books that are due back in March or April will be changed to being due back on 1st June.
  • If your library card is due to expire before July, it will now be extended until September 1st – to allow you to continue using online services
  • Overdue fines will not be accumulating or charged during this period


  • Existing reservations waiting to be collected will be available when normal service resumes
  • New reservations are currently not able to be made, and this will restart when normal service resumes

Your library is here for you 247

E-books and E-audiobook

You can download e-books and e-audio books for free from Borrowbox. There are thousands to choose from including the latest best-sellers and much loved classics.

If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card but still want to borrow our e-books and e-audio books the very kind people at Borrowbox have a solution!

You can now sign up to download e-books and e-audio books via Borrowbox without needing to visit the library.

Register here.

Just use the temporary library number you are given when opening up their site. You can then read books on your computer or PC or mobile device or tablet.

Daily Newspapers

If you are a member of Manchester Libraries, you can access the website PressReader. There are over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages for free!

All the UK newspapers are there, including the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

To sign up you just need your library card and pin number. You can access PressReader on your PC or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Just click here for all the info.

Digital Magazines

Read full digital copies of magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Over 95 magazines are currently available covering everything from food to computers, and music to art.

Borrow an unlimited number of magazines to keep forever or delete when you want. You can access RB Digital on your PC or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

All the information is here. You just need your library card to create the account, then away you go!

Contact Us

We are considering how we can offer more library services on-line during this period, and if you have any ideas or thoughts please do not hesitate to contact us.   

If you have an enquiry or wish to contact Manchester Libraries please contact  or telephone 0161 234 1983.

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