Work began on the magnificent Central Library, designed by Vincent Harris , in 1930 and there was a grand opening in 1934 by King George V. The architecture is beautiful and the round reading room is of particular interest. Divided into departments, the top floor has a very good linguistic and foreign language department with audio facilities and friendly staff who are always ready to help you find what you need. Census material and historical documents about Manchester are also kept here on microfiche. The library is extremely popular with students and everyone from business people to children is catered for. There is also a well appointed café and a small theater in the basement. Closed for renovation, the library will re-open in 2013.