Manchester Central Library | Manchester

Designed by E. Vincent Harris, Central Library first opened in 1930; its rounded structure, colonnade and eye-catching two-storey entrance quickly saw it become celebrated as one of Manchester’s most iconic architectural pieces. Meticulously restored in 2014 it now doubles as an enviable library space and a truly exclusive and unique wedding venue.


Central Library’s Performance Space offers a fantastic blank canvas for you to style your ceremony as you wish. Use the Library’s dedicated wedding planner to help you bring your wedding vision to life and make this space entirely your own. Able to hold up to 80 people, or adapted to suit more intimate weddings, it can bring plenty of wow to your wedding day.


The ornate Shakespeare Hall can be used to host your drinks reception. Its magnificent stained glass window, featuring a portrait of William Shakespeare along with various scenes from his most celebrated plays, certainly adds to the magic of the day.


Central Library has plenty of incredible backdrops for you and your immediate wedding party to pose for photos whilst your guests relax. You will be charmed by the Wolfson Reading Room and hidden heritage spaces, still adorned with their original furnishings, intimate and full of history.


Go from the classical to the contemporary as you make your way to the third floor for your five-course wedding breakfast. Bathed in natural light and styled according to your specific wedding wishes, you and your guests can dine in this fantastic curved space and enjoy a different perspective of the city from each of the library’s original feature windows, before taking to the parquet floor for an evening of dancing.For details or to request a brochure, please make an enquiry.N.B. Weddings are exclusive to Sundays and only one wedding can take place per day. Weddings will not take place when the Library is open to members of the public.


Central Library
St Peters Square
City Centre,
M2 5PD

t: 0161 827 7661
e: conferenceandevents[at]

  • Maximum for Ceremony & Wedding breakfast – 80 guests
  • Maximum for Evening Reception – 120 guests

There is no accommodation at the Central Library, however there are a fantastic selection of luxury and budget hotels in Manchester. Tell us your budget and guest numbers and we’ll source some your accommodation at no cost to you..

Manchester Registry Office,
Heron House
47 Lloyd Street
M2 5LE
United Kingdom

t: 0161 234 5005
e: registeroffice[at]