Guy Garvey, singer and guitarist with rock band Elbow, has helped launch a new fundraising scheme for Manchester Central Library by becoming the first member of the new "Central Library Lovers" initiative.
The membership-fee based scheme is a new initiative from the Manchester Central Library Development Trust, the charity which supports the work of Manchester Central Library.
"Central Library Lovers" will give members a number of benefits including discounts in Central Library’s cafe and gift shop and on a range of ticketed events throughout the year. Members will also get invitations to VIP previews, behind-the-scenes tours, special library workshops, social functions and other exclusive events.
Funds raised by the Library Lover membership fees will go towards supporting a range of library-based activities, conservation work, community projects, out-of-hours concerts, book reading, exhibitions, family-fun days and other events.
Garvey became the first official Library Lover last week when he broadcast his BBC 6 Music show live from Central Library for a 6 Music Celebrates Libraries special.
He said: “I am a passionate supporter of libraries but Manchester Central Library holds a special place in my heart. I am therefore honoured to become the first ever Central Library Lover and I wish the Development Trust every success with this initiative.”
Stephen Sorrell, chair of Manchester Central Library Development Trust, said: “Our aim is to raise funds to ensure Central Library do more interesting and innovative things and reach all of Manchester’s communities through special events and projects. We also support vital conservation work and other specialist services which the council can struggle to maintain due to pressure on budgets.
“We are delighted that Guy has become our inaugural Library Lover, and we hope that anyone who cares deeply about preserving Central Library’s role as one of Manchester’s greatest architectural, cultural, social and educational assets will join him by signing up to the scheme."
Members will receive a free fine-art print of an art-deco painting of Central Library by E. Wigglesworth when they first join. The “iconic” image was created in 1934 and will feature on the first 150 limited edition golden Library Lover membership cards.
Library Lover membership starts from £30.