Manchester Central Library's £50m refurbishment
- 22 March 2014
- From the section Manchester
Manchester Central Library has reopened to the public after a £50m refurbishment that saw the library closed for three-and-a-half years.
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.
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".
The library was designed by E Vincent Harris and opened in 1934. The domed structure is loosely based on the Pantheon in Rome.