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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons


The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of the art study and learning centre in the heart of the Oxford Road campus boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with wifi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building.

Location and contacting us

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PP

Tel: 0161 306 4306

Opening hours

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First reactions

The Learning Commons is open to students and staff of the University within our usual opening hours:

Other visitors are welcome to enjoy our café facilities which are easily accessible to all visitors between 9am - 8.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 4.30pm at weekends.

May bank holidays

The Learning Commons will be open as normal during the May 5 and 26 public holidays.

Summer opening hours

Saturday, 7 June to Friday, 12 September 2014
Monday to Friday 9am 9pm  
Saturday 9am 5pm  
Sunday 9am 5pm  

*The Learning Commons will be staffed until 5pm. After this time it will be manned by security. Access will be with a valid University of Manchester Library ID card only.

NB: The Learning Commons will be open as normal during the August 25 public holiday.

Saturday, 13 September to Sunday, 14 December 2014
Saturday, 13 September 9am -  24/7 opening begins
Monday, 15 December - 9pm  24/7 opening ends

 Christmas Opening Hours

Monday, 15 December 2014 to Thursday, 1 January, 2015
Monday - Friday 9am 9pm  
Saturday 9am 5pm  
Sunday 9am 5pm  

Visiting us

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers a tour of this spectacular building to students, staff and guests at the University during term-time.

The tours are a great way to explore and enjoy the building and see the facilities that are on offer.

Tours are easy to arrange using our online booking forms, at the reception desk in the Learning Commons or by using the interactive information points.

Training sessions

The Learning Commons hosts a series of training sessions and workshops in a great learning environment.

My Learning Essentials offers a suite of online sessions and group workshops on library and information literacy; academic and study skills workshops; career and employability skills and skills clinics.

Find out more about the range of modules, workshop schedules and booking information through My Learning Essentials.


The learning commons offers great facilities for students, including:

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