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Library

At the heart of The Proud Place is an LGBT+ Library, featuring LGBT+ books, heritage and a zine library.

At the heart of The Proud Place is a cosy LGBT+ library, featuring LGBT+ books, a zine library and heritage materials. We have an extensive collection of books featuring LGBT+ stories by LGBT+ authors for all ages. The library also features archive and heritage material spanning more than three decades including photos, maps and newspaper clippings.

You can browse our library catalogue here.

Opening Hours: Every Tuesday from 11am-3pm and during any events run by The Proud Place.

If you would like to visit the library outside of these hours, please contact library@theproudtrust.org.

Library FAQ

Our library is free to join!

Email us at library@theproudtrust.org with your first and last name, as well as the email address you would like to use for your library account. We will then print you a library membership card for your next visit.

You can also ask a member of The Proud Place staff to talk you through becoming a library member when you visit the library during our opening hours.

If you want to take a book home, find a member of The Proud Place staff, who will happily check the book out for you.

The book is yours to enjoy for 14 days, after which we ask that you return it to the library.

You can return your borrowed book during our opening hours, or post it through our post box – bear in mind, not all books will be small enough to fit in our post box!

If you would like to renew your book after 14 days, please email library@theproudtrust.org and we will extend the loan for you.

If you lose a book or damage it badly, a small fine of £5 will be charged to replace the book.

THE PROUD PLACE’S LGBT+ LIBRARY HISTORY

The LGBT+ Centre library was formalised 2013, when the building was renamed to The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre. This library was created in partnership with 42nd Street’s Young Womens Health Project, initially named ‘Between the Lines’, and sat across both the 42nd Street building and The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre. Later in 2013, the library was dedicated to centre supporter and Manchester activist, Jaye Bloomfield, in memory of her life. The space was renamed to The Jaye Bloomfield Resource Library. The library was often used as a one-to-one space and a quiet space, sitting inside the entrance of the building before it was rebuilt, where the current stairwell sits.

In 2014, the Manchester LGBT+ Zine Library was founded in the building, by members of staff. It took up residence in The Jaye Bloomfield Resource library, run by dedicated staff members and volunteers. Initially, the collection started with 20 zines and was grown to over 250 zines by 2017.

As a well-used space in the old building, the library was carried through in the plans for the new building that opened in May 2022. When designing the layout of The Proud Place, the library was positioned to be on the ground floor, as it used to be, however centralised in the layout of the new building, surrounded by yellow brick walls as a nod to features of the old building.

The library remains a popular space at The Proud Place, being used for quiet reflection, conversations and reading – it has truly become the heart of the building.

Aside from being the home to Manchester’s only LGBT+ library, our building has a fascinating place in Manchester’s LGBT+ History. Did you know that the original 1988 building was Europe’s first purpose built ‘Gay Centre’? Alongside lots of LGBT+ books, our library features archive and heritage material spanning more than three decades including photos, maps and newspaper clippings. Find out more about our story here.

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