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The main entrance to the library is on Charlotte Street at the corner with Mosley Street. There is an intercom button next to the door and the library is up the stairs.

As a not-for-profit charity housed on the first floor of its original 200-year-old Listed Building, The Portico Library has not yet achieved fully step-free access. The Library’s current development project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has full accessibility as its first priority.

There is a stair-lift at the Library’s back entrance and a ground-floor accessible toilet is available to all visitors during the opening hours of the next-door Berlitz Manchester language school.

The Portico Library delivers audio-described and British Sign Language tours of every exhibition. Visit to find out when the next tours will be. If you would like more information, please speak to any member of staff on 0161 236 6785 or at