Location and opening hours

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE (Race Archives and Community Engagement) Centre is situated within Manchester Central Library and is easily accessible by road, tram, train and foot.

Opening hours

You can visit the library, use our study spaces and borrow books whenever Manchester Central Library is open. 

Our staff can be found at our enquiry desk at the following times:

  • Monday: 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm.
  • Tuesday: 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm.
  • Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm.
  • Thursday: 1:30pm-4:30pm.

Our desk is also closed on the third Thursday of every month for staff training.


Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre
Lower Ground Floor
Manchester Central Library
St Peter’s Square
M2 5PD

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2920

How to get here

The library is located close to St Peter's Square Metrolink tram stop and a short distance from local bus routes. Manchester Oxford Road station is aproximately 0.3 miles away. 

For information about travelling in and around Manchester please see the Transport for Greater Manchester website. 

There is no parking at the library but there are several public car parks within walking distance:

There are also accessible parking bays for blue badge holders in central Manchester, including several spaces on Mount Street, directly behind the library: