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Manchester Libraries – Lockdown Update

We are following the government lockdown guidance (announced Monday 4 January) and have temporarily reduced the range of services at our libraries.

The following libraries remain open:

  • City Library (part of Central Library)
  • Abraham Moss Library
  • Avenue Library
  • Beswick Library
  • Brooklands Library
  • Chorlton Library
  • Didsbury Library
  • Gorton Library
  • Longsight Library
  • Newton Heath Library
  • North City Library
  • Withington Library
  • Wythenshawe Forum Library

They will only offer very limited service:

  • Internet access for essential use only
  • Book return service
  • Books that have been reserved or requested in advance can by picked up.

Library users can reserve books to be picked up when their chosen library is open, using the online libraries catalogue or you can ring one of the open libraries and tell them the type of books you enjoy and they will select some for you to pick up.

Please consider using any of the fantastic digital resources, including ebook and eaudiobook service – Borrowbox, and emagazine service – RB Digital. To use these services Join the library and use the number you are given, after downloading the Borrowbox app or RBDigital App.

Opening hours

Other ways to find out more about libraries

Books To Go

The Books To Go service for housebound people will continue to operate to existing customers

The freephone to contact Citizens Advice Manchester will also continue to be available to use at Chorlton Library, Didsbury Library, Gorton Library, Longsight Library, Newton Heath Library Wythenshawe Forum Library, as will the Citizens Advice video contact at Longsight Library.

Safety charter

Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent, carer or older sibling.

Temporarily closed libraries

We have temporarily closed the following libraries:

  • Arcadia Library (Levenshulme)
  • Barlow Moor Community Library
  • Burnage Library
  • Central library (City Library on the lower ground floor is open)
  • Fallowfield Community Library
  • Hulme High Street Library
  • Miles Platting Community Library
  • Moss Side Powerhouse Library
  • New Moston Community Library
  • Northernden Community Library

Changes to library opening times from Monday 12 April

From Monday 12 April, libraries will begin to offer more services and opening hours.

  • Central Library- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 9.30am to 6pm
  • Didsbury- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Chorlton- Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 6pm
  • Forum- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Withington- Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 6pm
  • Brooklands- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Beswick- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • North City- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Abraham Moss – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Newton Heath- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Avenue- Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm Thursday 10am to 6pm
  • Longsight- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Gorton- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Hulme- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Arcadia- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm
  • Fallowfield- Monday and Wednesday 10am to 3pm
  • Burnage- Monday and Wednesday 10am to 3pm
  • Barlow Moor- Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
  • Miles Platting- Wednesday 10am to 1pm Friday 2pm to 5pm
  • New Moston- Wednesday 2pm to 5pm Friday 10am to 1pm

Northenden Library will remain closed.

To make a donation to support the future of our cultural programme, Library Live, please visit Manchester Central Library Development Trust