Chetham's Library

Local nameChetham's Library
LocationManchester, United Kingdom

Chetham's Library in Manchester, England, is the oldest free public reference library in the United Kingdom. Chetham's Hospital, which contains both the library and Chetham's School of Music, was established in 1653 under the will of Humphrey Chetham, for the education of "the sons of honest, industrious and painful parents", and a library for the use of scholars. The library has been in continuous use since 1653.

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Opening hours

Self-guided visits at these times:
Mon - Fri:
10 am, 11 am, noon, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Closed on public holidays, between Christmas and New Year.


Suggested donation: £3

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +44 161 834 7961

Address Long Millgate, M3 1SB Manchester

Coordinates 53°29'11.451" N -2°14'36.196" E

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