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.
Voyages and Travels
Poetry & Drama
Theology and Mythology
Philosophy, Logic and Occult
Politics, Government and Commerce
In progress ..... Topography, History, Heraldry and Genealogy, Architecture and Antiquities, Reference and Dictionaries, Pamphlets, Periodicals
We have established 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.
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.