Our library collection has over 14,780 titles, covering topics including culture and identity, history, politics, and local studies. We also publish a range of books and resources for schools and young readers, created in partnership with Manchester schools and community groups. They include folk tales written and illustrated by local children, biographies, personal stories, local histories and teaching resources to support multicultural education.


Approximately two-thirds of the library collection is loanable to anyone with a Manchester Libraries card. Reference only material is clearly labelled and can be studied anywhere within our library.

Some of our collection

Hip Hop Studies

Gender and Identity

Children’s Books


Arts and Visual Culture


Teaching Resources

We have downloads available of booklets, teaching resources and worksheets that we’ve created in our work. If you would like to share resources you’ve produced on aspects of BAME heritage, we would be glad to see them. Find out more.

Borrowing Books

Join the 20,000 people who have borrowed one of our books this year. You can search for books within our library online through Manchester Libraries. Membership of the library service is free. You can join the library online by clicking on this link.


We publish books on personal testimony and local history as well as producing biographies and works of fiction made in projects with Manchester schools. All of these publications can be ordered online.