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
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...
The Western Magical Tradition
On Wednesday 18 May 2016, join Professor Ronald Hutton, leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to discuss The Western Magical Tradition. Read more...
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.
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.