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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.


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 and Gallery pages.


silver tray tea service with slice of fruit cakeVisitors are welcome to relax with tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes and scones in the Gallery area while visiting our exhibitions throughout our opening hours. Soups and sandwiches are available in the Gallery area for visitors from 12.00 -14.00.

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

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Patrons of the Portico Library & Gallery