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Shelf panels designed by MANCAT graphic art students

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Library counter

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Outer perimeter of library with stock facing out into concourse and social areas

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Whitworth House, which houses East City Library



The library is housed within the foyer/social area of the main building on MANCAT (Manchester College of Arts and Technology)'s flagship campus, but it is a thriving public library, serving students and bringing the local community onto campus, helping the college to recruit locally. Library customers can take advantage of low-cost college facilities, previously only open to students - a modern gym, hair and beauty salons, cafes and restaurant.

We work closely with MANCAT and other partners on a variety of initiatives and we both gain a great deal from the partnership.

The library was purpose-built for the space, sitting under a wooden canopy. It has attractive lending areas, with tabletop displays, quick picks, retail-style furnishings and a self-issue terminal.

We place young adult stock around the outward facing perimeter of the library, so it is accessible by students passing through or spending time socialising in the college break-out area.

There's a music and film library, enclosed homework centre, Access Point for council services and drop-in and longer-stay computers.

There is also a dedicated quiet area, with specialist resources linked to curriculum areas (such as automotive, beauty therapy, childcare and construction), and computers linked to both college and library intranet systems.

The library is fully accessible, all on one floor, with wide automatic doors, on-site disabled parking, height adjustable workstations and accessible toilets.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library


550 m2





Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups

External features

Nature of site, Shared building

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy Efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Demco Interiors

Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

General, Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 9

Seats/study places