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Manchester Central Library's £50m refurbishment

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

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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.

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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".

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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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