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The Portico Library collection offers a unique insight into the minds of the men who contributed to the making of the city at a time when Georgian Manchester was making international history.

Examples of Subjects Areas available for online search:

  1. Voyages and Travels

  2. Fine Arts

  3. Local History

  4. Poetry & Drama

  5. Fiction

  6. Correspondence

  7. Natural History

  8. Sciences

  9. Theology and Mythology

  10. Biography

  11. Philosophy, Logic and Occult

  12. Politics, Government and Commerce

  13. Miscellaneous Literature

  14. Collected works

  15. Military History and Church History

  16. Geography and Topography

  17. History

  18. Heraldry and Genealogy

  19. Architecture, Antiquities and Archaeology

  20. And we have almost completed the Reference, Dictionaries, Pamphlets, Periodicals

We have almost come to the end of the first stage of our OPAC (online public access catalogue) in order to widen access to this unique collection and emphasise our reputation as a centre for Long Nineteenth Century Studies. Our important historical collection covers a range of subjects with a strong focus on fiction, topography, biography, history and voyages and travels.

front of card catalogue with drawers pulled outThe Portico Library online catalogue is a work in progress and we currently have around 24,000 of our approximately 25,000 volumes recorded on the system. Our next stage is to catalogue our archives which include all committee minutes since the Library's opening in January 1806, Issue Books from 1851, financial records and more, as well as archives donated to The Portico by the families of people related to the Library and its history.

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding specific titles or subjects our dedicated staff can be contacted with any queries you may have. A card catalogue is available to members generally and to researchers by arrangement.

We would like to thank the staff of Heritage Cirqa for their support in establishing our Heritage Online Catalogue.

Our first year of cataloguing was made possible by the generous support of The Zochonis Charitable Trust. We are also grateful to The Portico Library Trust, to Walter Nicholls for effecting a most generous donation from the Estate of the late Lawrence Harris, and other generous bequests from the estates of the late Brenda Fraser and Phyllis Giles, amongst others.

You can support the project by making a donation, a bequest or by sponsoring a section of the work. For more details and to discuss any requirements please contact the Librarian.