thrilled to announce that Dame Joan Bakewell has kindly agreed to be
the first Honorary Patron of our newly formed Patrons Scheme! This is a fantastic
way to support the work of the Library and get yourself or a friend
invited to all the exhibition previews, workshops and behind-the-scenes
tours of the Library and medieval buildings.
Why not treat yourself or a friend for Christmas? Membership forms are available on the website.
Chetham's Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. It is housed in a medieval sandstone building in the city centre of Manchester which dates from 1421. To find out more about the Library and its history, click here.
This is the Chetham's Library blog, where we showcase new acquisitions, post news and events, and introduce some of the treasures of the collection.
go to the chetham's library main website
Click on the image above to search the catalogue, find out more about the history of the library and the medieval buildings, and get an overview of the library's collections