The Portico Library is a subscription library that anyone can join by application. The annual subscription fee, which begins from just £67 for students and young people, allows members to enjoy a range of benefits that include:

  • Access and borrowing rights to our 19th century collection, which consists of more than 25,000 volumes, and our contemporary fiction and non-fiction collection

  • Access to 41 journal and periodical subscriptions

  • Access to the reading rooms

  • Access to five daily newspapers and two Saturday papers

  • Members are welcome to bring guests to the library

  • Free and secure wireless internet access

  • Generous loan periods with no fines for overdue books

  • A quiet place to work, read and contemplate

  • Lunch and refreshments available daily from our kitchen, including hot specials

  • Photocopying

  • Voting rights in library matters

  • Reference enquiries and research assistance

  • Opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded people

Such benefits have enticed the likes of John Dalton, Richard Cobden, Sir Robert Peel, William Gaskell, Shena Simon, Val McDermid, Guy Garvey and even Eric Cantona. Don’t forget, if you are not a member of The Portico, you are still welcome to visit the gallery and dine in our cafe, where you can enjoy a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and scones all day. 

To enquire about becoming a member please fill in the form below:

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