The Portico Library and Gallery

Volumes of Culture
Still in its original 1806 building, the Portico Library and Gallery celebrates both the historic and contemporary culture of Manchester, welcoming the public, researchers and members to its unique 19th century book collection and 21st century literary, scientific, educational and artistic events and exhibitions.
The Quarterly newsletter contains reviews of the stock, updates on current initiatives and a full listing of upcoming events - it is the best way to get to know us at a glance!

Our mainly 19th century collection covers a wide range of subjects, which reflect the cultural mindset of its Georgian and Victorian members during a significant period of Manchester's illustrious history. Members may borrow from the collection and researchers may consult the books and archives by arrangement.

The Portico continues to flourish and hosts a thriving and active programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year which are open to all. Current details can be found on our News & Events page.

Visitors are welcome to relax with tea, coffee and delicious home made cakes in the Gallery area while visiting our exhibitions.
Members and researchers can enjoy a freshly prepared lunch in the Library on week days. Our kitchen team work hard to design and deliver a seasonal menu with specials that change on a weekly basis. Our food and cakes are freshly made using homegrown ingredients. See our membership page for details.

This amazing space is also available for hire. The Portico has hosted book launches, award ceremonies, dinner parties, anniversaries, birthdays, wine tastings, wedding receptions, filming, meetings (wifi available!) and photoshoots (including a glamour calendar for a well known vodka brand!). If you are interested in hiring The Portico please contact us by phone (0161 236 6785) or email

Venue Type:

Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Monday 9.30-16.30
Tuesday 9.30-17.30
Wednesday 9.30-17.30
Thursday 9.30-17.30
Friday 9.30-16.30
Saturday 11.00-15.00
Sunday Closed

Admission charges

The Gallery is open to the general public and admission to all of our exhibitions is free.

The Portico Library and Gallery
57 Mosley Street
Greater Manchester
M2 3HY

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0161 236 6785

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