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Main Library redevelopment

In 2012 The University of Manchester announced details of the redevelopment of the entire campus. Part of this visionary plan is the modernisation of the Main Library to provide outstanding and inspiring learning spaces fit for a leading library of the world by 2019.  

During 2013/14 total entries to the Library rose by 6% to 2,825,499 and we are committed to ensuring our facilities and services can meet the needs of a growing number of users. 

We are paving the way in changing perceptions of what libraries are and what they can do, having opened the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons in 2012. Often referred to as a 'digital library' the new building offers students state-of-the-art open-plan and group study spaces, and multimedia facilities. 

What the project will provide

  • an additional 44 group study rooms
  • a Special Collections Reading Room, which will  offer opportunities for staff to incorporate the use of specialist materials into their teaching
  • A new dedicated IT suite and two teaching rooms
  • a dedicated space that caters to the specific needs and working styles of postgraduate students and researchers
  • improved social and relaxation spaces, giving students and researchers room to take much needed breaks during long periods of intensive study, including the landscaping of the quad between the original Library and 1980’s extension 

Philanthropy has a key role to play in enabling us to create a truly pioneering library. Gifts from individuals can be highly catalytic in securing full funding for capital projects. 

Philanthropy also fast-tracks the provision of outstanding facilities within buildings, whether it is the purchase of cutting-edge research equipment, student learning facilities, or the most innovative specialist equipment for students with disabilities. 

Please contact Dominic Boyd to discuss emerging priorities and areas where your gift can have maximum impact to accelerate our progress in creating a world-leading library.

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