ONE million books from Manchester's Central Library – including valuable volumes dating back to the 15th century - are to be put into temporarily storage with many going deep underground in the Cheshire salt mines.
Works from the city's reference library will be stored in the mines, hundreds of feet below ground, for the next three years while the landmark city center site undergoes a massive refurbishment to save it from ruin.
Experts say the mine's caverns – the size of 700 football pitches - provide the perfect environment for preserving the manuscripts, which include the works of eminent academics.
A phased shut down of the St Peter's Square library will begin next month, with the site closing its doors in June.
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