Manchester Library & Information Service

Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester Library & Information Service

There are 24 public libraries in Manchester, England, including the famous Central Library in St Peter’s Square. As of 2012 Central Library is closed for refurbishment, but will reopen on 22 March 2014.

The oldest community library still in use is Levenshulme Library in South Manchester, built in 1903. Levenshulme Library is also a Carnegie library, having been built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who funded the building of over 2,500 libraries across the world. Two new multimillion-pound libraries have recently opened in North Manchester as part of a major regeneration scheme, including the eco-designed North City Library in Harpurhey. and The Avenue Library and Learning Centre in Higher Blackley.

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