Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse has opened the doors of its very own community library – The Book Nook.

The newly designed space situated by the entrance to the cinema, supports access to free books, and provides a quiet place to stop off in the city centre.

The library is open from 10am -7.30pm each day so local residents and visitors can pick up a book in their lunch break or on their way home from work. There is also a well-equipped children’s section making it a perfect stop off for parents with kids in tow looking for a warm, dry space to entertain the kids free of charge in the city centre.

Visitors can enjoy a quiet read at the Book Nook, or take away a maximum of two books each visit. Books can be kept, or returned to the library for others to read after use. Those wanting to donate books can also drop them off any time in the box situated outside the Book Nook entrance.

Great Northern’s pledge to support the Global Educational Trust is at the heart of the new library launch.

The Global Education trust is a charity that supports local communities, running projects throughout the UK and worldwide to provide educational opportunities for all, and to promote literacy amongst the young and old. The charity believes that by providing a basic education it is possible to help people out of poverty, individuals become teachers for others and whole communities can benefit. Therefore, The Book Nook will be adorned with in posters about the charity and where to donate.

Mark Schofield, centre director at Great Northern comments, “We want to thank everyone who has already donated books to help bring this project to fruition and to those that have already volunteered their time to get it set up. We hope this will become a well-used space, for local residents as well as visitors to the city.”

The Book Nook is actively seeking volunteers to help run the library and bring Manchester’s community together. Anyone wanting to get involved should contact

For more information on the Great Northern, please visit here.


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