The Portico Library



The Portico Library is a 200-year-old independent subscription library and gallery space in Manchester city centre. An eclectic calendar of exhibitions and events complements the unique collection of books, archives and illustrations spanning over 450 years, and visitors can enjoy a meal or drink in the gallery cafe from Monday to Saturday. Previously a members’ only institution with associates including John Dalton, Peter Mark Roget, Elizabeth Gaskell, Val McDermid and Eric Cantona, The Portico is now open free to the public six days a week, with diverse outreach and engagement programmes including the prestigious biennial Portico Prizes for Literature and Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers.