The Portico Library is a subscription library which anyone can join by application.
The annual subscription fee allows members to enjoy a range of benefits which include access to the collection, borrowing rights, access to the Reading Room, Cobden Area and Reading Corner and voting rights in Library matters. Members are able to have lunch and refreshments in the Library with guests, read, work, meet friends and colleagues and have free wi-fi access in peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
If you are not a member of the Portico, you are still welcome to visit our Gallery where you can view our changing exhibitions. Within this space there is also a small cafe. Lunch is served during the week between 12 and 2pm. Tea or coffee and cake is available to all visitors during our opening hours.
We are more than happy to show you around the Library before you submit your membership application form. Please contact the Assistant Librarian to arrange a convenient time.
Applicants must be proposed by a current member of the Portico. If you do not know any current members, we can arrange a convenient time for you to come in to the Library and be introduced to someone who can then propose you.
Membership Rates 2017:
Membership runs from January to December. For those members who join mid-year, the fee is calculated on a quarterly pro-rata basis (not applicable to Young Persons or Life Memberships).
Town Membership - £199 A Town member works or lives within a 20-mile radius of Manchester city centre.
Town Joint Membership - £297 As above, but for two members who reside at the same address. Within Joint Membership, one person is the Primary Member and the other is an Associate Member. Associate Members do not have voting
Country/Retired Membership - £139 A Country Member lives or works outside a 20-mile radius of Manchester city centre. A Retired member has retired from his/her main employment at the time of joining.
Country/Retired Joint Membership - £210 As above, but for two members residing at the same address. Within Joint Membership, one person is the Primary Member and the other an Associate Member. Associate Members do not have
Young Person Membership - £65 Available to people from 18 to 26 years of age. Young Members have the same privileges as Full Members, except voting rights at meetings and other referenda..
Life Membership Aged 60+ - £3,271, Aged 59 and under - £4,667
A one-time administration fee of £30 is payable on joining (not applicable to Young Person Membership.)