Libraries are facing dark times at the moment, but it is easy to see why people are turned off by them. Small stuffy places offering a poor selection of reads aren’t in any way appealing, but the Central Library isn’t your average library. Originally opened in 1934, the library reopened again in 2014 after a four year, £40m renovation and it is magical.
It’s the second largest public lending library in the UK after The Birmingham Library, but you’ll enjoy it even if you aren’t a bookworm. The exterior is inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and one of my favourite things to do is sit nearby, admire the architecture and watch the world go by. The Corinthian columns are even more impressive when you’re standing underneath them.
I check out books at the library regularly, but you don’t have to be a member to enjoy it. On a rainy day (you’ll find we have lots of these in Manchester) pick out your favourite novel, comic or biography and read it with a coffee and cake in the library’s café.
Central Library | Art & culture | Free
St Peter’s Square | +441612341983
Mon – Thu 09:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sat 09:00 – 17:00