Longsight Library has reopened it’s doors fully dressed, looking splendid! New furnishings, carpets, meeting rooms and new spaces to hang out with your children, study, plug your device in. The shelves are on castors so that we can change the space for activities and community events.

The children’s area has moved to the far windowed corner of the library. It’s light, airy and spacious. There’s a lovely new armchair to sit and read with your children and I’m sure our beloved Story-session volunteer, Doreen, is going to love it. Storytimes are every Thursday morning at 11, and are great fun for babies and toddlers, helping them to get an early understanding of the rhythms and joy of language.  

If you are a child at heart, but older in your bones, we also have our Age Friendly coffee morning on Thursdays from 10-11 and everyone is welcome to join us for a free cuppa, biscuits and chat with other local older people.  

The former children’s library has been transformed into two beautiful glass-fronted meeting/study rooms, for 10 & 15 people. These rooms can be booked through – Book a Library Meeting Room here: Book a library meeting room | Book a library meeting room | Manchester City Council 

2 glass fronted meeting rooms

The other exciting news is that from Monday 2 October, Longsight Library, will become an Open+ Library. Open+ libraries allow customers to access the library outside of staffed opening times. We will therefore be open 2 additional evenings a week, and from 8-9 am on weekdays, for Open+ members. Under-16s can only use the library during Open+ hours if accompanied by an adult. 

You need to be an existing library member to register for Open+. Just ask staff to arrange an induction for you.  If you are not already a library member, its easy to join – just click on this this link: Join the library | Join the library | Manchester City Council or ask staff on site at any of our libraries