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Booking for Library Tours

Library Tour tickets must be booked in advance, and may be purchased online, in person or by telephone.  Children under 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult visit free of charge.

For more details about booking other ticketed events in Chetham’s Library, Chetham’s School of Music or The Stoller Hall, please view our main Booking Information page.

Please note that for security reasons large bags and suitcases are not permitted on site (bags larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm). Security officers may perform random bag searches before allowing admission to the site. The nearest luggage storage is located at Shude Hill Luggage Storage

Gift Aid it

The library runs Gift Aid on entry. Under this scheme (if you’re not a member),  you have the choice of two tour tickets:

  • Full Price Admission
  • Gift Aid Admission

It’s entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you select the Gift Aid admission, you are including a £1 voluntary donation, which lets us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid – that’s an extra 25 per cent – potentially a very significant boost to our Library funds.

Am I eligible to choose Gift Aid Admission?

If you’re a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your donation by allowing us to claim back 25p for every £1 you give through the Gift Aid scheme.

Book Online
Click here to book Library Tours online. You may choose to print tickets at home, collect them from The Stoller Hall Box Office, or have them posted to you for an additional fee of £2 per order (for bookings made at least 10 days in advance). We recommend, to save paper, to simply show your booking confirmation on your mobile or tablet.

Book by Telephone
Call 0333 130 0967 to book by telephone. Phone lines are open from 2-4pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).

Calls to Box Office are charged at local call rate.

Book in Person
You can call into The Stoller Hall Box Office from 1-2.30pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), or from 1 hour prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall.

The Box Office is located in the Oglesby Atrium in Chetham’s new building, accessible via The Stoller Hall entrance on Hunts Bank, M3 1DA.

If you lose your tickets, or struggle to collect or print them, don’t worry – we can always check your booking online when you arrive for your tour.

Questions about your visit

Why do I need to pre-book a Library Tour?

To ensure you have the best possible experience, and to protect the historic buildings, we have limited the number of visitors that can visit the Library at any one time. This means that you will need to book into a time slot ahead of your visit. As spaces are limited to 25 visitors, we strongly suggest you book tickets early for your preferred date and time.

The date I want to visit does not have any availability. Do you hold back tickets / are we able to purchase Library Tour tickets on the day?

We do not hold back additional tickets for sale over the phone or on the day. For available dates and time slots, please visit our booking page.

Booking Fees

Booking fees apply to all events taking place across Chetham’s, and will be included in all prices listed online or in print.

  • 50p for tickets costing from 1p to £8
  • £1 for tickets costing £8.01 to £17
  • £2 for tickets costing £17.01 and upwards

If you would like to have your tickets posted to you, an additional fee of £2 per order will be charged to cover the costs of postage.

Why am I being asked to make a donation?

Whilst paying for an admission ticket to the Library will make a significant difference to the charitable funds available to our Library, we want to give everyone the maximum chance to show their appreciation and support.

On completion of your booking, you will be invited to add a small voluntary contribution to Support Chetham’s by giving an additional donation to Chetham’s Hospital (our registered charity). By going the extra mile, we promise your gift will support Chetham’s Capital Projects and buildings (including our beautiful Library building).

Can I also hear the students from Chetham’s School of Music perform?

During term time, the students of Chetham’s School of Music give free Lunchtime Concerts daily at 1.30pm in the Carole Nash Hall (access via The Stoller Hall entrance on Hunts Bank).  Why not attend the concert before the 2.30pm tour and pick up your tickets at the same time – let a staff member know you’re doing both and when possible, they’ll escort you across the internal bridge for your tour.