Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best that libraries have to offer.  This year it takes place from 2nd-8th October and is ‘Green Libraries Week’. Green Libraries Week celebrates the work going on in libraries across the UK with a focus on sustainability and climate change.  

Manchester Libraries are celebrating Green Libraries Week with a whole range of activities and services: 

Story times  

All story times will be sharing a green themed book with our youngest audiences. Pop along at the normal time and discover new books to engage your little one on all things green.  Find your nearest Library story time on Loads to Do What’s On in Manchester – Loads To Do

Fun Palaces 

Check out the Forum, Longsight & North City Libraries for interesting and fun climate awareness activities. Fun Palaces are on Saturday 7 October, 2 – 4pm at the above libraries,  they are completely free, and all are welcome. 

Central Library Climate Change and Local Action

Come and have a chat with Tudor Barker, Climate Neighbourhood Officer for Manchester Central Area. Learn what you can do and what is going on in your local area. Tuesday 2 October 11- 2:30  

Henry Watson Music Library Quiz

Come to the ever popular music quiz with a special green round. Wednesday 3 October 5-7 pm 

Local Biodiversity Exhibition

There is still time to visit our staff exhibition on local biodiversity at Central library, finishes Friday 6 October Discovering Manchester: Wildlife & Nature  – Library Live 

Libraries are the ultimate green service

We have always made sure a book is read by many people.   In Manchester we have high quality modern library buildings that meet energy standards and strive to help Manchester meet its carbon emission reduction targets. We are signed up to the Green Libraries Manifesto – CILIP: the library and information association

Green Books and Displays

We have a collection of green themed titles in our catalogue ‘The Clock is Ticking: time to protect the environment and save our world’ Search results | Manchester Libraries ( 

If ever a hard copy sounds better, you can visit your library and look at our displays for books on sustainability, biodiversity and climate. 

Device Donations

Do you own an old laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone?  Instead of disposing of it in landfill, donate it to your local library.  We will send it to our refurbished devices supplier – Community Computers – who will refurbish it and make it available to Manchester residents at low-cost or for free.   This is a great way of reusing equipment, reducing waste and helping people to get online. 

Green Future

For #GreenLibrariesWeek we are highlighting many of our services that promote issues around sustainability.  Whether you can donate some old tech, borrow online or come along to an event we hope you can join us on our journey to a zero carbon future.