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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Video: Farewell to Manchester Central Library, Feb 2010 (UK)

"Manchester Central Library (UK) in St Peter's Square will shortly be closing for 3 years of restoration, refurbishment and modernisation. This iconic circular building, opened in 1934, was inspired in part by the Pantheon in Rome, and the New York City Library. It is one of the finest and largest libraries in the country and some of the furniture and fittings date back to the 1930s. The aim of this unofficial amateur video (shot in Feb 2010) is to take a last nostalgic look at the old traditional style of the library before the modernisation work begins. And to preserve on video, views of the library which will be familiar to generations of students who have studied in this wonderful building over the years. The building is being closed down in stages over the coming weeks, from 25 February to 4 July 2010. But most library departments will close on 1 April. Central Library is due to re-open in 2013. So time is running out for those who want to view the library in its traditional pre-modernisation style"

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