The magnificently refurbished Central Library is ‘not only the city’s study, but also the city’s living room’. So, alongside an unrivalled hub of information and education, it’s also a new place to meet and socialise, a place to engage with cultural output, a place that invites you to think and contribute, to be entertained and provoked. For the city’s events organisers, festival bookers, arts promoters and those who make the cultural calendar buzz, it offers a new range of venues and possibilities under one impressive and much-loved roof. The prestige of the building speaks for itself, but the practicalities of the city centre location with excellent transport links, the adaptability of the spaces themselves, the access to archival, technical and media resources – these speak directly to the needs of artists and promoters. Music, drama, dance, comedy, spoken word, city festivals and family activities all play out here.

Our spaces

The Performance Space A newly refurbished performance space is now housed on the Library’s ground floor. Internally, the room sits alongside Archives+ and the BFI Mediatheque and its wealth of resources, with the landmark Midland Hotel forming the external backdrop beyond the grand floor-to-ceiling windows. The space can be easily subdivided into 3 distinct areas. Users can opt for a full black-out for projection screenings with equipment. Full audio facilities are also in place to offer a versatile home for a variety of events.

The Chief Librarian’s Office The most intimate of the Library’s spaces also offers the most astonishing views – a top-floor vista of the bustling Oxford Road corridor. Inside the room, the surrounding antique wood panelling gives an authentic historical feel and lends a ready-made atmosphere to small gatherings.

Interested?

If you’re interested in these Central Library spaces for hosting your cultural event, contact c.whitfield1@manchester.gov.uk with your proposal.