Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Central Library and War Memorial

Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Central Library and War Memorial, Manchester Virtual Tour.

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Manchester Central Library is a circular library south of the extended Town Hall in Manchester, England. It acts as the headquarters of the Manchester Library & Information Service, which also consists of 22 other community libraries.

The design was the result of a competition held in 1927 for a new library and town hall extension; the winner was E. Vincent Harris. The library was constructed between 1930 and 1934, but because of its traditional neoclassical architecture it is often mistakenly thought to be much older. At its opening one critic wrote 'This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon'.

The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a circular domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome.

The library building is grade II* listed. The Library Theatre Company is located in the basement. The library also incorporates the Henry Watson Music Library.

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