Closure Over Easter: Please note that the Library will be closed to both members and visitors from 3 - 6 of April. We will re-open as usual at 9.30am on 7 April 2015.
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.
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! Click on the link below for the latest issue.
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.
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 is made on site, 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!). For more information please click here: Venue Hire
Buying from Amazon?
Click this link to amazon.co.uk and buy as you normally would - the Library will make a small percentage on each purchase you make... this WILL NOT cost you a penny more.