Design a Library Card Competition!

January 26, 2024

We are thrilled to be supporting Manchester Libraries brand new library card competition for children!

Did you know that Manchester Central Library will be 90 years old this year? And that it will also be ten years since we redeveloped the library and transformed our spaces!

Designed by E. Vincent Harris and opened in 1934 by King George V, the library took four years to build and thousands of people came to see the beautiful new building officially opened on 17th July.

In 2014, the library had another opening celebration after a refurbishment which took over three years. The redesign meant much more of the space was opened up to the public, and the building would be more welcoming to all ages and families, including our wonderful performance space. With a special library for children, areas for activities and performances, and our business and music libraries, as well as the extensive Archives + collection, there’s something for everyone! We also work with lots of partners from universities to charities to offer services including family history, the Race Relations Centre and services for those with visual impairment.

So, this year we really want to celebrate all the wonderful things our Central Library has done and represents to people in Manchester. We’re inviting children in Manchester aged 5 to 16 to design three new library cards. These cards will be limited edition cards and we’d love Manchester Central Library to be the inspiration. You can use the inside or the outside of the building to spark your ideas and create a picture we can use on our library cards this summer.

For full competition details, how to enter, and terms and conditions visit the competition page on, the home of great news and updates on Manchester Libraries activities!


  • Your design will be made into a poster and library cards
  • You will receive a bag full of library goodies and a £30 shopping voucher
  • You will receive a VIP invitation to the special 90th birthday celebration in June

So now it’s time to get started on your very own design and maybe you could be a winner and see your idea made into a library card!

The Library Card Competition was kindly supported by Manchester Central Library Development Trust from public donations, as part of the Central Library’s 90th anniversary celebrations

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