Comedian Tony Hawks joined in the celebrations as The Turnpike Centre in Leigh turned 40.
Bosses at Wigan, Leisure and Culture Trust, which runs the library, held a week of events to mark the occasion and the stand-up comedian, who is the author of the best-seller Round Ireland with a Fridge, was a star guest.
Carole Ogden, from WLCT, said: “Tony went down a storm. He talked about everything from his show Random Fun to his various books.
“He was very entertaining and certainly set the tone for a buzzing night of comedy.”
Co-organiser Andy Harrison added: “The comedy element to the Turnpike Centre’s 40th birthday bash was a huge success, so much so that we will now be holding a regular comedy night - the first of which will be on January 19 next year.”
The Turnpike Centre opened on November 3, 1971, as the new Library and Arts Centre for Leigh, designed by JC Prestwich and Sons architects, who also designed the Town Hall.