Timed entry for visits
We're moving to timed admissions for sight-seeing visits to the Library. If you'd like to look round, please arrive at one of the times below: if you'd like to bring a group or you're coming to us to use the Library's collections, please email us or call us on 0161 834 7961 in advance. For details please see our visitors page.
The times are: 10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 13.30 : 14.30 : 15.30
We’re pleased to announce that the Library and Medieval Buildings will be open after work once a month on a Thursday, beginning on June 9th. Many of you have asked for more flexible opening times, and we hope that as many as possible will be able to come along, soak up the evening sunshine, wander round the medieval buildings and have a look at material from the collections. We’ll be open until 8.30, so why not combine it with a visit to Manchester Cathedral, listen to the beautiful sung Evensong, or grab a bite to eat with our neighbours at the Corn Exchange?
In response to popular demand, our necromancy manuscript is now downloadable.
Our current exhibition: Poet's Corner
Communities of Print
Communities of Print is a network of leading international scholars looking at the role of books in creating communities, and how books were used in communal settings. We are delighted to be hosting their first seminar on June 17 2016. Read more...
Weddings at Chetham's Library
Would you like to get married in the idyllic setting of the oldest public library in the English-speaking world? We are delighted to offer weddings at Chetham’s in partnership with Vanilla in Allseasons. Read more...
Chetham's Library now on Instagram
We are finally on Instagram! Follow us for insights into the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Find us @chethamslibrary.
A history of Chetham's Library, written by Library Patron Gill Williamson, is available here in a number of languages.