Manchester Libraries will be joining libraries up and down the country to celebrate Libraries Week from 5 – 10 October – an annual event showcasing what libraries have to offer and the vital role they play in  local communities.

Celebrating books and reading and acknowledging libraries’ role as a ‘Passport to Reading’ is this year’s theme.  In recognition of this love of books, Manchester Libraries has applied a fine amnesty on all overdue books.  No late charges or fines will be applied to any book, no matter how overdue, brought back before 20 October 2020.

Over the last six months, libraries, like many other services, had to adapt their offer while physical buildings were closed; however through those difficult times at the start of the pandemic, Manchester Libraries and Read Manchester ensured that residents had access to reading materials.

More people than ever discovered the joys of reading e-books, and listening to e-audiobooks, borrowed for free from Manchester Libraries. And now that twenty of the twenty two libraries in Manchester are covid compliant and open again, thousands of people are coming back into our libraries browsing the bookshelves, borrowing books, large print and children’s books as well as using computers, taking full advantage of their valued local spaces.  

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure said: “We’re really pleased to showcase our book and reading offer during this year’s Libraries Week.  One of the positive things to come out of lockdown was the number of people who discovered or rediscovered a love of reading. We’re proud that our libraries played a vital role during this time, when we were able to offer numerous online services including e-books and e-audiobooks to help reignite that love of reading.

“Now that many of our libraries are open again and people are able to access all that libraries have to offer, there is no better way to celebrate their role in our lives.  And don’t forget to have a look for any old library books that may be in your home and return them while the fine amnesty is in place.” 

Find details below of some of the online activities to celebrate libraries and reading during Libraries Week:

Author Sarah Butler in Conversation
Tuesday 6th October, 6.30pm

Manchester Libraries, The Reading Agency and Pan MacMillan are excited to invite you to this special #LibrariesWeek event with acclaimed author Sarah Butler. Sarah is a writer and literature activist who lives in Manchester. She has three novels published by Picador in the UK: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, Before The Fire and Jack and Bet which was published in early 2020.  Sarah will be in conversation and reading from her latest novel, followed by a Q&A and the opportunity for audience questions. 


Word Central Open Mic Night
Wednesday 7th October, 8pm

Flapjack Press presents a special National Libraries Week celebration of poetry and spoken word, with special guest Attila the Stockbroker (  

Hulme Library Book Group – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Wednesday 7th October, 5.30pm

Hulme Library Book Group meets online to chat about The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (monthly meetings, 1st Weds of the month). For next month we are reading The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

Free to join via Zoom link Meeting ID: 915 9511 0008

Storytime Sessions every day

Go to on Monday to Friday at 11am for a brilliant family storytime from Manchester Libraries. Including one of our favourites, ‘Super Sloth’ by Sophia Hatfield.