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Joule Library

[The main level of the Joule library]

The Joule Library holds major collections in science, engineering and technology. Management material is mainly held at the Precinct Library, part of Manchester Business School.

Address and contacts

Joule Library
The University of Manchester Library
Sackville Street Building
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL

General enquiries and Issue Desk: 0161 306 4923 (internal ext: 64923)

Fax: 0161 306 4941

Opening hours

The last entry to the Library will be 15 minutes before the officially advertised closure time. This is to ensure that all customers can vacate the building safely and securely.

Access to the Library is by valid University of Manchester ID card.

Friday, 5 January to Sunday, 26 April 2015
Monday to Thursday 9am 8pm  
Friday 9am 5pm  
Saturday 9am 6pm  
Sunday 1pm 6pm  
Monday, 27 April to Friday, 5 June 2015
Monday to Friday 9am midnight  
Saturday 9am midnight  
Sunday 1pm midnight  
Saturday, 6 June to Friday, 11 September 2015
Monday to Friday 9am 5pm  
Saturday Closed    
Sunday Closed    


The entrance to The Joule Library can be found on E floor of the Sackville Street Building (formerly the Main Building at UMIST).

Enter the building from Granby Row where you can take the lift or stairs to the Library.

Flexible study space

The newly refurbished F floor now provides a flexible study environment, including some fantastic retro seating areas.

There are 96 individual study spaces including 23 with PCs and a state-of-the-art group study room.

Food and drink guidelines

  1. You may drink from containers with lids.
  2. You may not eat food in the Library Study Areas.
  3. You may eat food in the Relaxation Area.
  4. In consideration of your fellow customers, please do not bring hot food into the Library.

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Other facilities

There are three self-service photocopiers, two black and white copiers and one colour copier. There is also a microfiche/microfilm reader/printer. These machines are all located on the Main Level (E Floor).

The Joule Library provides access to 55 networked PCs with CD rewriters and networked printing facilities.