Support Us

Donations, grants, sponsorship and Library Lovers memberships are welcomed to support Central Library to undertake valuable conservation work, run more community events, programme more live concerts, hold more author readings, put on more film screenings and host more exhibitions in a transformed venue fit for the 21st century.

Individual Support

Love Manchester Central Library?

Become a Central Library Lover and enjoy a great range of benefits while supporting our valuable work.

Join our Library Lovers scheme and you’ll enjoy exclusive events, previews and discounts throughout the year whilst supporting the work of Central Library.

By signing up you will also receive a personal membership card, and a free fine-art print featuring E. Wigglesworth’s celebrated 1934 art deco image of Central Library and St Peter’s Square.

Your support will help the Library undertake valuable conservation work, run more community events, programme more live concerts, hold more author readings, put on more film screenings and host more exhibitions.

When you join as a Library Lover you will not only be contributing directly to the work of the Central Library Development Trust*, you will become part of a community of supporters who enjoy exclusive access to special events, discounts and member only activities.

Central Library Lover benefits include:

  • Invites to exclusive exhibition previews and events including author evenings and film screenings
  • 10% discount in the Library shop and Café, plus other savings on ticketed events throughout the year
  • Invitations to demonstrations given by library archivists including the secrets of book restoration, digitisation and conservation
  • Special archive workshops on subjects like family history
  • Library ‘treasures tours’ and handling sessions with rare artefacts
  • Supporter only receptions and other social events
  • Opportunities to enjoy behind-the-scenes tours led by dedicated library staff
  • News updates on Library activities and the work of the Development Trust

NB Some events will have limited spaces, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

What does it cost to become a Central Library Lover?
There are a number of different single and joint packages available:

  • Single – £48
  • Joint – £60
  • Single concession* – £30
  • Joint concession* – £42

*Students, unwaged, over 60

How to join or renew membership
Join or renew online or download a leaflet and post or hand in a completed form to the Library.

You can also call 0161 234 1931 to complete an application over the phone or pick up a printed leaflet in person from Central Library.

For a larger commitment why not join our Back a Book scheme?


Why We Need Your Support
We raise funds to complement Manchester City Council’s core commitment to the Library to enable the programming of more events and activities, such as extending its opening hours some evenings and weekends, which it otherwise could not afford to do.

The Trust also contributes to vital conservation work, helping library archivists preserve and protect rare and invaluable books, portfolios and documents which can then be made accessible to the public.

We are also passionate about supporting the outreach work of Central Library and Trust funds are used to help develop engagement programmes and events for all sections of the community.

* Manchester Central Library Development Trust is a UK registered charity (no.1150161) established to help the venue extend its range of services, preserve and protect its collections and redefine what a library is in the 21st Century.

Click Here to download Library Lovers Leaflet.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a way that the Manchester Central Library Development Trust (registered charity number 1150161) can increase the value of gifts of money we receive from UK taxpayers. It allows us to claim back 25p for every £1 donated. With Gift Aid a donation of £100 is actually worth £125. If you are a UK taxpayer all you need to do is complete and return a form with a cheque donation. Or, when making online donations complete the Gift Aid section when prompted.