Services Available

Contact the Central Library Manchester for assistance with the specialised services that may be available such as reference and research assistance and tours and speakers.

Reference and information service

Read our interview with Richard Greenaway, Genealogy Librarian

  • assistance to find information required
  • assistance to use the resources and equipment in the collection
  • available throughout opening hours
  • information requests may also be made via telephone, fax or e-mail or via our online form
  • research charges may apply:

Research charges

  • estimates of costs available on request
  • in-depth research in areas other than genealogy can also be undertaken at similar rates
  • payment is required in advance
  • research questions may be submitted online


  • self-service black and white photocopier available for A3 and A4 copies
  • colour photocopying can also be arranged
  • see our printing and photocopying page for charges
  • some archival and heritage materials may have photocopying restrictions. Photographs may be arranged as an alternative.

Microfiche & microfilm centre

  • contains a wide range of resources on microfilm or microfiche including newspapers, electoral rolls, shipping lists, birth, death and marriage indexes
  • equipment is available to both read and print from these items
  • see our printing and photocopying page for printing charges
  • assistance is available at all times during opening hours

Tours & speakers

  • tours of the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre are available to special interest groups and tertiary or secondary students
  • bookings are essential and we suggest a maximum of 15 people per visit