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
Military History and Church History
Geography and Topography
Heraldry and Genealogy
Architecture, Antiquities and Archaeology
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.
The 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.