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Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas

November 15, 2021

Can you help us give the gift of reading to Manchester families who are struggling this Christmas? To make a donation please visit the Just Giving appeal page Thanks to your amazing generosity last year, we raised £4,000 to buy new books for children and young...

We’re Going on a (name the) Bear Hunt!

November 10, 2021

The Libraries team have launched a new, free online competition to name the Central Library shop bear. People are encouraged to submit their suggested bear name by Fri 10 December. Entrants are also encouraged to make £2 donation to the Trust. Use the form on the blog page...

ATG Access Fundraising Challenge

April 23, 2021

In September, a dedicated team of ATG Access staff completed the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire Challenge raising approximatley £3,500 for Manchester Central Library Development Trust to support the Read Manchester / Manchester Libraries Book Gifting Campaign. The courageous team...

Trust Secures new Arts Council Grant

March 11, 2021

We are delighted to have secured a £13,800 grant from Arts Council England that will support a new workshop based project we are delivering with Manchester Libraries and Manchester International Festival. ‘I Love You Too’, is a participatory cultural project,...

Book Gifting Appeal Update

February 1, 2021

Almost £4,000 has been donated to Manchester Central Library Development Trust’s cash appeal to support Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries Book Gifting Campaign – to provide books directly to vulnerable families across the city. The appeal on...

Urgent Book Gifting Appeal Launched

November 11, 2020

We are delighted to launch our new appeal to support the Book Gifting initiative delivered by Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries Helping children to love reading is crucial to developing literacy skills, wellbeing and life chances. Reading is the foundation for...
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Central Library: 5 Years of Success!

January 22, 2020

Download the new brochure celebrating achievements and successes at Central Library since re-launching in 2014 following a £48m transformation. See how you can support our work in the years...
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Library Lovers – Christmas Gift Memberships

November 20, 2019

Treat your loved ones to a Library Lovers membership this Christmas and they’ll enjoy exclusive library events, previews, behind the scenes tours and discounts throughout the year whilst supporting the work of Manchester  Libraries. All new members receive a special...
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Library Live Video

September 30, 2019

The Development Trust is proud to support the Library Live programme of cultural events at Manchester Central Library and the Creative Spaces network in branch libraries. Making a donation to the Trust or joining the Library Lovers scheme will help to continue this amazing...

Illuminate Video-Company Chameleon Commission

July 19, 2018

Watch Company Chamelon's site-specific piece at Manchester Central Library commissioned by Library Live. Illuminate saw dance, movement, original music and light art combine in an extraordinary journey of seven stories around the venue. Premiered in November 2017 and re-imagined...