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Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library in St. Peter’s Square is one of those traditional libraries filled with treasures for those who love to learn. Inside the imposing circular Portland stone building is a lending library and a reference library, an extensive local history collection, an arts library and the Henry Watson Music Library, one of the largest collections of music in the country. It even has its own theatre, a café and a shop. Designed by architect E. Vincent Harris, the library was inspired by Rome’s Pantheon. The Prime Minister Ramsey McDonald laid the foundation stone in 1930 and the building was officially opened by King George four years later. The famous novelist Anthony Burgess was picked up while using the card catalogue here, Morrissey revised for his ‘A’ levels and creator of Coronation Street Tony Warren truanted here. “To this day” says Tony Warren “I can’t revolve through the doors of the Manchester Central Library and hit that magic waft of rubber flooring and furniture polish without feeling a vicarious, truant thrill”.

Photo: Manchester City Council

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Central Library is one of Manchester's most famous landmarks. It's not just a Library but somewhere for the community of Manchester to meet. Anybody looking for directions in Manchester only has to be asked "do you know the big round Library" - the answer is almost always "yes" - and from there, directing is easy. Anybody who lives in the UK can join the Library for free and make use of not just books but borrow CD's, DVD's, free computer and Internet access and many other services. I'm very proud of our library in Cental Manchester and it's most definitely my Icon of choice.

Lynne Mawson


IN CITY CENTRE, BIG BUILDING, MANCHESTERERS ARE PROUD OF IT.
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Because of its architectural design and it has character being central in the city. The Central Library appears everywhere in publications etc and is a prominent feature on postcards sent to every corner of the globe. This is an icon that should rank along side those famous ones like the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool's Tower and the Harbour Bridge in Sydney
Prince Frederick v. Saxe-Lauenberg


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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

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