All visitor access is organised via our weekday pre-booked guided tours, due to the library sharing the site with the School of Music. Please read our Visitor Information about visiting Chetham’s Library, before booking tickets via the Chetham’s Library Tours page.

All funds raised from ticket sales will help us invest back into the Library, conservation and research projects, and a programme of events for visitors. Don’t forget that choosing Gift Aid Admission allows the Library to reclaim tax on the whole amount paid on your ticket – that’s an extra 25 % – a very significant boost to our Library funds.

Please note: the Library is closed on public holidays, and between Christmas and New Year.

Chetham’s Library is open to readers Monday to Friday 9am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm by prior appointment. You can explore the collections via our online catalogues. If you discover material you’d like to see, please contact us by email or call 0161 834 7961 to make an appointment, which should be made as far in advance as possible. We are unable to offer desk space to readers who are not consulting Library material. New readers may be asked to provide ID or a letter of reference.

Group study visits
We are sometimes able to accommodate larger study groups who want to access the Library to read, research, or work on aspects of the Library’s collection. Please contact us as far in advance as possible with your proposal – we would need at least one month in advance. Depending on circumstances, we may need to charge for arrangements of this kind.