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Volumes of Culture...

The Portico Library is open to all and aims to enhance and develop life-long learning by providing and promoting access to knowledge and education in Art, History, Literature and Science.

Gallery renovation at The Portico

In 2015 The Portico Library began renovating its free public art gallery and now needs your support to expand its exhibitions programme...


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.

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The Portico hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions throughout the year which are open to all. Current details can be found on our Events and Gallery pages.


Tea or coffee and cake are available from the kitchen all day and light lunches are available from 12.00 to 14.00, Monday to Friday. Tea, coffee and cake is also served on Saturdays, 11am to 3pm. This can all be enjoyed in Gallery Cafe at the Portico, which sits under the glorious Georgian painted glass and plaster dome, surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves and the current exhibition! Staff are available to answer any questions you may have about the Library, Gallery, the building and their collective history.


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. For more information please click here: Venue Hire

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