By joining the Portico Library, you can enjoy a number of benefits available to our members. To apply for membership, and for rates and further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to browse and borrow from an extensive, predominantly 19th century collection of over 25,000 volumes covering approximately 23 subjects
Books from the 16th century to the present day
Rapid response to request for materials
Access to borrow from a select contemporary Fiction and Non-fiction collection
Browse and enjoy forty-one journal and periodical subscriptions
Five daily newspapers
Generous loan periods
Postal loans service, by arrangement, to anywhere within the UK
Advance reservation of books for collection
Members may make advance book requests which are normally dealt with within 48 hours of receipt. The requested books will be placed on the Reserved Shelf for collection for a period of up to two weeks. You can download the latest Accessions Booklist here:
Books from the rolling, non-permanent stock may be sent to members at addresses throughout the United Kingdom by post. There is no additional charge for this service, beyond the standard postal fee. Members making use of the postal loans service are asked to open a postal account with a deposit of £10 (minimum). This account is then debited with the outward postal charges as books are requested. Members are reminded that they remain responsible for the safe custody of books from the time they leave the Library to the time they return.
All loan enquiries can be made by:
Telephone: 0161 236 6785 or
Post: Book Enquiries, The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY
Members and researchers can enjoy lunch & refreshments every day in the Library. Our kitchen team work hard to design and deliver a seasonal menu with specials that change on a weekly basis. Wherever possible our food and cakes are freshly made, using homegrown ingredients. Click on the file below to download a sample menu.
Members-only access to the 19th century Reading Room, Cobden Area and Reading Corner
Free, secure wireless internet access
Reference enquiries and research assistance
Subscription to our Quarterly newsletter
Voting Rights in Library Matters (excluding Associate Members)
Reduced rates on venue hire
Members are welcome to bring guests to the Library
Photocopying and digital imaging services
A haven in which to work, read and relax in a city centre location
The opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded people and share common and newly discovered interests.
As a member of the Portico, you will also join the community of the Association of Independent Libraries throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, many of which run reciprocal access facilities for members.