Manchester Central Library Development Trust (registered charity no. 1150161) is proud to have supported the venue’s major transformation. It raised essential funds to provide furniture and equipment, plus educational and cultural programming funds that have made the venue such a popular, lively and dynamic venue which now attracts 2m annual visitors. Key achievements of the Trust include:

  • A successful cultural programme upon re-launch of Central Library, including a range of core events and high-profile extravaganzas.
  • In the second phase of the programme, more than 200 different events and activities delivered over 282 sessions, including children’s activities, workshops, poetry readings, exhibitions, music and dance performances.
  • Raising over £8,000 from public appeals to support the Read Manchester / Manchester Libraries Book Gifting Campaign to provide books and resources to children across Manchester.
  • Securing a grant from Arts Council England to support a new participatory project with Manchester communities, MIF and South African artist, Kemang Wa Lehulere, called ‘I Love You Too’, delivering love letter writing sessions and unique publication.  Read more about the Trust