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Venue Hire

The Portico Library was opened in 1806. It is a listed Grade II* building of Runcorn stone, and a fine example of Neo-Classical architecture.

Our spaces can be hired for a variety of functions such as business meetings, training courses, corporate presentations and committee gatherings, as well as book launches, wedding receptions, private events and filming/photography shoots. For larger events, the Gallery can be laid out to accommodate a variety of specifications.

It is possible to arrange a basic hire or additionally we can provide refreshments and catering to suit your requirements.

Our Gallery can be hired at any time during the day, schedule permitting. Our Reading Room is normally only available outside of the Library's typical opening hours.

Please contact us for more information.


Cabinet and Dome

Main Library space beneath the painted dome.

Reading Room

Secluded Reading Room