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The Portico Library has existed as a subscription library since 1806 and still occupies its original building in central Manchester. Today, the library and its special 19th century collection is used by its members, readers and researchers. Visitors are welcomed to our cafe and exhibitions and The Portico’s public engagement programme hosts a diverse programme of activities including events, exhibitions, workshops and literary prizes.

Working with our small, dedicated team offers the chance to develop valuable skills and gain an insight into the workings of a busy and dynamic organisation that is pivotal in Manchester’s cultural history.

We are always open to new expressions of interest. Please fill out the form below and return it to us by e-mail or post.

Please note that The Portico can accommodate limited number of regular volunteering slots at a given time.