Chorlton Library is set to undergo a major refurbishment that will see an ‘enhanced library’ reopen to the public next year

The Library closes its doors for two weeks on Sun 24 Mar before reopening with a temporary reduced library at the back of the main building from Mon 8 Apr.

Work on the Grade II listed building aims to improve the existing structure of the building, this includes work to unveil the building’s dome which has been hidden for years.

Additional work will include improvements to the exterior stonework and windows, as well as the renewal of electrical and mechanical systems to ensure the building contributes to lower carbon emissions.

The refurbishment will also create additional meeting rooms within the existing structure and when the building reopens fully in 2025, the library will benefit from Open + technology which will allow it to be open and accessible for longer hours.

Chorlton Library originally opened in 1914m, and was a gift from Scottish-American benefactor Andrew Carnegie to the city of Manchester. It was designed by the City Architect, Henry Price, who also designed Didsbury Library.

Services in the reduced library will include free internet and Wi-Fi, a small selection of stock, and a reservation pick-up point. Reservations can be made for free on the Manchester libraries catalogue.

Chorlton Library,
Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9PN
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 12 Mar 2024