90th Birthday Celebrations!

April 24, 2024

This year, Manchester Central Library celebrates 90 years since its grand opening by King George V on 17 July 1934 – a special event attended by thousands (pictured above). We plan to mark this historic occasion with activities on Wednesday 17 July and with a cultural extravaganza during Festival of Libraries Week on Sunday 16 June, celebrating the old and the new and the venue’s many highlights and successes over the past 90 years

Central Library from St Peter's Square.
Modern day Central Library and St Peter’s Square

To celebrate what Central Library means to the people of the city and all the wonderful things achieved through the years, we are hosting an extra special occasion for Manchester families on Sunday 16 June; a fun day packed with creative and cultural activities, including music, crafts, performances and an exhibition exploring the rich history of the venue through our fabulous archives.

To help us deliver this extra special day on Sunday 16 June, we, Manchester Central Library Development Trust, welcome support from public donations and local companies. Donations will help fund performers, local freelance artists and musicians to deliver an enhanced programme for the day.

Our fundraising efforts for the 90th celebrations were recently boosted by generous grants from The Granada Foundation and The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

Performance at Central Library

To make a donation to support this special day, please use one of the ‘Donate’ buttons on this website. Making a donation, large or small, only takes a few clicks, but could make a big difference.

If you would like to make a donation from your company or business, or discuss sponsorship of the 90th celebration, please email [email protected]