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MANCHESTER ARTS LIBRARY

Description
The library service in Manchester was established in 1852. The Arts Library was established as a separate department in the Central Library in 1960, covering the performing arts as one of its subject areas. There is a full set of Radio Times as well as other journals. The Manchester Theatre Collection contains "The Manchester Programme of Entertainment and Leisure"1897-1934,a weekly journal which records the early days of cinema in Manchester.
Website
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/central/arts/index.htm
Access
Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Proof of ID (name & address) may be required for some material
Access for outsiders
Yes
Facilities
None
Charges
For photocopying, and reproduction fees where appropriate

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Yes
Ephemera
Yes
Journals
Yes
Manuscripts
Yes
Music
Books,manuscripts and printed music in the Henry Watson Music Library.CDs and cassettes on the ground floor of the Central Library.
Newspapers
Yes
Sound
Some in other departments.
Still Images
120,000 photographs in the Local Studies Print Collection of which 77,000 are available online. Details on Library website.
Video/Film
1298 (plus more in other departments).

Catalogues

Online catalogue
Yes. Post-1995 acquisitions
Library OPAC
Yes.Post-1995 acquisitions
Related website
www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries
Printed catalogue
Periodicals only
Card catalogue
Yes. Pre-1995 acquisitions
Digitised catalogue
Local Studies Unit has digitised 77,000 images. See also "Spinning the Web" project
Online delivery
Post-1995 catalogue and other e-sources available to members via library website

Main Contact

Name
Jeannette Canavan
Job title
Arts Coordinator
Department
Arts Library
Telephone
0161 234 1974
Fax
0161 234 1961
Email
arts@libraries.manchester.gov.uk
Address
Central Library
St Peter’s Square
Manchester
M2 5PD

Alternate Contact

Name
George Turnbull
Job title
Heritage Coordinator
Telephone
0161 234 1974
Fax
0161 234 1961
Email
arts@libraries.manchester.gov.uk

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