Helen Milner

Wow. From the first moment I stepped into Manchester Central Library I was impressed. I visited another English city’s central library recently and they said, with a wistful look in their eyes: “If only we could become like Manchester Central Library”. Now I know why.

The beauty of libraries – like all UK online centres – is their diversity; the frustration is … their diversity. However, that long list of things that some libraries want to be or that some libraries want do, Manchester Central Library ticks them all.

  • An impressive space, well used. ü

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  • A blend of old, heritage spaces and modern services enabled and enhanced by technology. ü

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  • A virtual archive wall, designed for co-use by young and old people together. ü

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  • A bustling cafe embedded amongst the digital archives. (Including all maps now digitised.) ü

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  • A business library and support service for businesses. ü

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  • A music library where…

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