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Behind the Scenes Tour

What do George V, Gypsy Rose Lee and Bernard Bresslaw have in common?

Which musician was once thrown out of the Language and Literature Library?

What would you find now in the space where Patrick Stewart and Helen Mirren – amongst many others – played their first roles?

All these questions – and many more – are answered on a tour of Manchester Central Library which will take you to all the areas not normally accessible to the general public and tell the story of this iconic building. Tours last around 90 minutes and include the chance to see some of our rarest treasures and archives.

Places are strictly limited to 20 people, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please meet in the main entrance (Shakespeare Hall) of Central Library from 5.45pm. The tour starts at 6pm.

Did you know, you can join our Library Lovers scheme and enjoy a free tour, plus discounts in our shop and cafe, and invites to other events and exhibition launches? Find out more and join online.