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The University of Manchester Library

About us

Bird's eye view of the Main Library

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries. With more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books, as well as several hundred databases, the library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Our primary aim is to support students and staff of The University of Manchester in all areas of their study. But we are also fully committed to widening participation, and access to many of our services is provided for individual researchers, schools and the local community.

We advise that you check the opening hours prior to your visit. Details of these, and a wealth of other information about what we have to offer to University members and visitors, are available on these webpages.