Visitors to the Library frequently ask to see the famous desk in the Reading Room where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels studied together, and you can find out more about this hallowed spot on this week's 101 Treasures page.
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.
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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