Opening hours and other information about your visit
The Portico Library is open to the public
The library is closed on Sundays, bank holidays and occasionally for special events (see below). To check whether we will be open when you visit click here. To enquire about tours and group bookings please call on 0161 236 6785.
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 www.theportico.org.uk/events 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dine with us
Anyone can enjoy breakfast, lunch, drinks and homemade cakes in The Portico Library from Monday to Friday each week. Click the link below to view our full menu. To enquire about event catering, group bookings and afternoon teas please ask to speak to a member of catering staff on 0161 236 6785.