Manchester Library Lover | About Library Lovers
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About Library Lovers

Central Library Lovers

Like Guy Garvey from Elbow, 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 Lovers benefits include :

Invites to exhibition previews and events including author evenings and film screenings

Library treasures and special collection sessions

Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours led by dedicated library staff

Updates on Library activities and the work of the Development Trust

10% discount in the Library shop and Café

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

What does it cost ?

There are a number of different single and joint packages available to become a Central Library Lover :

  • Single

  • Joint

  • Single Concession*

  • Joint Concession*

  • Students, unwaged, over 60

To join or renew membership click here 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.

Why we need your support

The Central Library Development Trust believes that a building as magnificent as the city’s Central Library – with such incredible facilities and resources – should be as accessible to as many people as possible, as often as possible.


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.