Timed entry for visits
We're moving to timed admissions for 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.
The times are: 10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 13.30 : 14.30 : 15.30
As part of Manchester After Hours, this exhibition explores the artistic milieu of local poets, as well as the domestic and working lives of Mancunians in the 19th century. Brought to you by the MA Museum Studies and Art Management students from the University of Manchester, the exhibition showcases our finest collection of manuscripts and early printed books published in Greater Manchester.
The Poet’s Corner, formerly known as the Sun Inn, was once situated outside Chetham’s gates and became a prominent hub of Manchester culture in the 19th century where authors and poets gathered to write and hold irregular social meetings. Some of the works produced by these poets are on display.
Family Activity Day
A fabulous opportunity for all ages to wander round the Library and medieval buildings and take part in some brilliant craft activities on Saturday 30th April. Find out more and book...
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.