We are located on the Lower Ground Floor of Central Library. If you would like to explore items in our archive – including oral histories and project material – please call ahead on 0161 275 2920 so we are ready to help you

Library Hours

Monday  9:00 – 20:00
Tuesday  9:00 – 20:00
Wednesday  9:00 – 20:00
Thursday  9:00 – 20:00
Friday  9:00 – 17:00
Saturday  9:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed


Please note that there is a temporary change to our opening times. The staff enquiry desk will now be closed on Fridays for the foreseeable future.


Although the library is open during the times listed here, our enquiry desk is only staffed at the following times: 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday-

9:30am – 12.30pm

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 1.30pm – 4.30 pm – Closed for staff training on the third Thursday of each month.


You can also contact us at [email protected] or phone 0161 275 2920 for any queries.


Outside of these hours you can still borrow loanable books when Central Library is open, but our local history collection, oral histories and other primary resources will not be available.


To come in and view our archives, we require 24 hours notice. Please email [email protected] with the details of your request.

Sadly there is no parking here at the library. This means that the nearest parking is Central Street. Full information on city centre parking can be found here
We are in the heart of Manchester and as such you should be able to get to us relatively easily on public transport. The GMPTE journey planner can help you plan your visit GMPTE Journey Planner.
Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria are the nearest train stations which national services would use. There is a free bus service (MetroShuttle) which brings you from both of these stations to the town centre. Manchester Oxford Road serves local trains and is a short walk away from the library. St Peters Square Metrolink stop is also on our doorstep.

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Lower Ground Floor

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St Peter’s Square


M2 5PD

T: 0161 275 2920

E: [email protected]

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