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How Innovative Matterport Library Virtual Tours Bring Manchester’s Libraries Closer to You

Explore Manchester's libraries from anywhere with innovative library virtual tours, making literature and culture accessible to all.

This is a case study of the library virtual tours we produced for Manchester City Council. Click on the play icon on the Manchester Central Library virtual tour to explore it or read on for how it all became a reality.

In an age where digital transformation is not just a buzzword but a pathway to accessibility and inclusivity, Manchester City Council has taken a commendable step towards making their public libraries more accessible to everyone, especially to those who might find stepping out a daunting task. With a forward-thinking approach, they partnered with our leading virtual tour company in Manchester to create something truly remarkable for the community. This project aimed to produce Matterport library virtual tours for all 22 of their libraries, a venture that not only showcases the council’s commitment to inclusivity but also celebrates the technological embrace that can bring about real societal benefits.

Manchester Central Library, a jewel in the city’s crown, was the centerpiece of this ambitious project. As the second largest public lending library in Britain, following closely after the Library of Birmingham, it boasts six expansive floors of literary treasures, historic archives, and innovative spaces designed to foster learning, creativity, and community engagement. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of its multi-million-pound refurbishment, a milestone that underscores its significance in the fabric of Manchester’s cultural and educational landscape. The Matterport library virtual tours serve as a digital testament to the library’s grandeur and its ongoing evolution as a hub of knowledge and community connection.

Manchester Central Library Virtual Tours
Library Virtual Tours look fantastic on all desktop and mobile devices.

The Matterport library virtual tours offer an immersive, 360-degree view of the libraries, allowing users to navigate through the spaces as if they were physically there. This technology is particularly impactful for individuals suffering from anxiety or those who, for various reasons, are unable to visit in person. The virtual tours provide a unique opportunity for these individuals to explore and familiarize themselves with the library’s environment from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This initiative is not just about accessibility; it’s about creating a welcoming space for all, removing barriers, and encouraging exploration and discovery.

Our virtual tour company in Manchester that spearheaded this project worked closely with Manchester City Council to ensure that each tour was meticulously crafted to reflect the unique character and resources of each library. From the architectural splendor of Manchester Central Library to the cozy nooks of the smaller community libraries, the Matterport library virtual tours are a gateway to the diverse worlds contained within each building. They highlight not only the vast collections of books but also the variety of services offered, from children’s reading programs to cultural events and workshops, emphasising the library’s role as a community hub.

The impact of the Matterport library virtual tours extends beyond individual discovery. They serve as an innovative tool for educators, allowing them to take their students on virtual field trips and engage with the libraries’ resources in a new and exciting way. For researchers and history enthusiasts, the tours provide a glimpse into the archives and special collections without the need for physical access. The potential uses of these virtual tours are as varied and dynamic as the libraries themselves.

As the project unfolds and more people engage with the Matterport library virtual tours, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Manchester City Council have expressed appreciation for the detailed, high-quality visuals and the ease of navigation, which together create a user-friendly and engaging experience. For many, these virtual tours will be a gateway to actual visits, demystifying the library space and encouraging them to take advantage of the wealth of resources available.

In conclusion, the Matterport library virtual tours are more than just a technological innovation; they are a bridge to knowledge, culture, and community. They embody Manchester City Council’s vision of a city where everyone has access to learning and culture, regardless of physical or psychological barriers. As we celebrate the achievements of Manchester Central Library and the success of its refurbishment, these virtual tours stand as a testament to the power of technology to connect, inspire, and enrich our lives. They are a reminder that in the digital age, our quest for knowledge and connection knows no bounds.

Explore all of Manchester’s Library Virtual Tours

Click on the following links to explore all of the library virtual tours we created for Manchester City Council:

Abraham Moss Library

Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre (Levenshulme)

Avenue Library and Learning Centre

Barlow Moor Community Library

Beswick Library

Brooklands Library

Burnage Library, Activity and Information Hub

Central Library

Chorlton Library

Didsbury Library

Fallowfield Community Library

Forum Library Wythenshawe

Gorton Library

Hulme High Street Library, Library and Leisure Centre

Longsight Library and Learning Centre

Miles Platting Community Library

Moss Side Powerhouse Library

New Moston Community Library

Newton Heath Library

North City Library

Northenden Community Library

Withington Library

If you would like to follow in Manchester’s footsteps and offer Matterport library virtual tours for your local council and visitors then contact us today!

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