Manchester Archives and Local Studies

Manchester Archives and Local Studies, on the first floor of the Central Library, is home to a wide range of materials relating to the history of Manchester, its organisations, its buildings and its people. Anyone studying the city and its history is welcome to use the range of reference facilities available here. There are also lending books which can be borrowed. Membership of Manchester Libraries is free and open to anyone.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Open: Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

(Hours for booking and viewing material in the Archives section are Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm only)

Current information files are maintained to ensure that we have details of up-to-date developments in the city, to complement the vast range of historical material. In addition to books we have large collections of visual materials such as maps and photographs. Many early newspapers and trade directories are available on microfilm.
Family history researchers make much use of the microfilm facilities, for the study of parish registers, census returns, electoral registers and probate indexes. The Archives section holds the records of the City of Manchester, the Anglican Diocese and also many of the city's organisations.

Collection details

Archives, Social History

Manchester Archives and Local Studies
Central Library
St Peter's Square
Greater Manchester
M2 5PD




0161 234 1979/80


0161 234 1927

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