Festival of Libraries

Manchester City of Literature project
Manchester City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries returns in 2022. This county-wide celebration of Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries will take place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th June, 2022.

The festival, which is supported by Arts Council England, will feature a vibrant programme that highlights the library network’s full offer, across wellbeing, culture and creativity, digital and information, and, of course, reading.

This year we are delighted to announce that the Festival of Libraries Ambassador will be Lemn Sissay OBE.

The first wave of events can be viewed following the link below.

The Festival of Libraries programme will take place in internationally renowned institutions from Manchester’s rich tapestry of heritage libraries, including Central Library, with its impressive status as the busiest public library in the country, in addition to Chetham’s, The Portico, and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. Also featured will be Greater Manchester’s equally important and vital local libraries that deliver much needed support and services to their communities.

This festival allows citizens to celebrate the key role that libraries play in civic life. It encourages children, young people, migrant communities and vulnerable groups to use the diverse library service offer creatively. Partner libraries around the city will host performances, exhibitions, concerts, art, film, writing classes, and public debates. Writers, illustrators and musicians will be commissioned to respond to the vital role libraries play to the people of Manchester.


Library partners include: Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Trust, Archives+, Central Library, Chetham’s Library, John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, The Portico Library, Working Class Movement Library, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester libraries (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).