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Manchester library opens after £48 million revamp

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Manchester Central Library has opened its doors to the public after undergoing a multimillion pound transformation.

The Central Library, the second largest public library in the UK, now aims to attract two million visitors a year - twice the previous number.

The famous Reading Room

The transformed Central Library is a blend of old and new with the building's many heritage features, such as the famous Reading Room carefully preserved.

New features of the library include a new media lounge, an Archives+ local history centre, a business centre and a new special library for children, themed on 'The Secret Garden', the famous book by the local author Frances Hodgson Burnett. There's also a new lending library on the lower ground floor providing an extra 2,000 sq metres of library space.

Lending Library

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "The reborn Central Library is nothing short of spectacular. Anyone who liked this Manchester gem before is going to love it now. But anyone who thought Central Library wasn't for them should come and have a look too - because it is no exaggeration to say that there's something for everyone under its iconic dome.

"This year marks the 80th anniversary of this building's original opening. The work which has been carried out since 2010 will ensure Central Library remains a fantastic asset for the city for many decades to come."