Manchester Central Library's £50m refurbishment

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library has reopened to the public after a £50m refurbishment that saw the library closed for three-and-a-half years.

Media Lounge

The Grade II* listed building has restored heritage features, such as the reading room, alongside new digital features including a media lounge, equipped with 200 computers and software for would-be filmmakers, designers and gamers.

The Children's Library, themed on the Secret Garden book by local author Frances Hodgson Burnett, includes digital interactive screens and interactive floor projections.

Manchester Central Library

Previously only 30% of the building was open to the public. After the redesign, in consultation with English Heritage, 70% is now open.

Councillor Rosa Battle, executive member for culture and leisure, said the refurbishment was "spectacular".

Manchester Central Library

The library was designed by E Vincent Harris and opened in 1934. The domed structure is loosely based on the Pantheon in Rome.

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