Updated: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 @ 1:57pm

Manchester’s Central Library receives £473,000 boost from Wolfson Foundation for 2014 transformation

Manchester’s Central Library receives £473,000 boost from Wolfson Foundation for 2014 transformation

By John Paul Shammas

Manchester's Central Library will benefit from a funding boost of almost £500,000 in a bid to improve facilities in the new look library, which is currently undergoing a makeover ahead of a 2014 reopening.

The £473,000 funding from the Wolfson Foundation will be used to support the refurbishment of the Great Hall Reading Room and the Media Lounge alongside improving facilities.

The funds have been awarded to the Manchester Central Library Development Trust. The Trust's current priority is raising additional funds for the Library's transformation, which includes building enhancements and support for new activities being developed to coincide with its relaunch.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for this additional funding. It is a tremendous boost for the landmark Central Library transformation project and reflects its national flagship status. 

“It will enhance the work that we are already undertaking and ensure that we can provide the gold standard for what is on offer in our iconic library when it is relaunched in early 2014.

“Central Library is an asset for all the people of Manchester and when it re-opens it will be a truly world-class, modern library fit for the 21st century which will benefit residents and communities for generations to come. Its transformation will provide a fantastic cultural venue which attracts up to two million regional, national and international visitors a year.”

Central Library closed on April 1 2010 for the restoration and refurbishment, seeing Manchester go without the 22 miles of shelving and one million books within the library.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of The Wolfson Foundation said: “Public libraries continue to play a crucial role in British society. In backing this excellent project, we hope that other funders might join us in supporting high quality initiatives at public libraries at a time of acute funding pressure for these great institutions. 

"This project helps to show the future shape of public libraries at a time of debate about their future role.”

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