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Election themed images: Satirical cartoons from the 1874 general election
(Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015)
With less than 3 weeks to go before the General Election, The University of Manchester Library’s John Rylands Library is highlighting a handful of 19th century satirical prints dating from the 1874 general election.

Changes to MBS library facilities - update 4
(Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015)
The Eddie Davies Library now closed.

Changes to MBS library facilities - update 3
(Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015)
The Eddie Davies Library will close to all users on Friday, 20 March.

Changes to MBS library facilities - update 2
(Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015)
The lower floor of Precinct Library is currently closed in order to accommodate new shelving. A retrieval service for borrowing books is in operation.

Changes to MBS library facilities
(Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015)
To support the development of teaching and learning facilities in MBS, which is about to begin, important changes to MBS library facilities are announced.

LUNA upgraded from 1 March
(Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015)
LUNA, the Library's image collections database, has been upgraded

University Library wins Digital Preservation Award
(Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014)
The University of Manchester Library was proud to receive the award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy at the prestigious international Digital Preservation Awards in London this week.

A book 100 years older than the Magna Carta goes digital
(Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014)
The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia compiled by a single scribe at Rochester Cathedral, in Kent, in the 1120s has been digitised by the University’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care.

Let The John Rylands Library inspire your Mo!
(Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014)
#jrlphotoaday continues with a distinctly moustachioed theme!

University launches The John Rylands Research Institute
(Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014)
Bringing together world class expertise to reveal the riches of the Rylands

#jrlphotoaday launches
(Updated: Fri, Oct 3, 2014)
This week sees the launch of 'Photo a Day' from The John Rylands Library

The UK’s largest Chinese art exhibition arrives in Manchester
(Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014)
The John Rylands Library is one of six venues in Manchester showcasing over 30 exceptional Chinese contemporary artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

One of world’s earliest Christian charms found
(Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014)
A 1,500 year-old papyrus fragment found in The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library has been identified as one the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms

E-learning talent recognised by national award
(Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014)
Jade Kelsall, e-Learning Technologist for The University of Manchester Library, has been awarded second place in the individual category of the Association for Learning and Technology’s Learning Technologist of the Year Award (ALT) 2014

Summer disruption in Library sites - update
(Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014)
Some disruption will affect Library sites as we undertake works to improve our self-issue technology.

Help us test a new service and maybe win £50!
(Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014)
Until Friday, 8 August, we’re running a pilot of our new Book a space area on Blue 1 in the Main Library. We need your help to test it, and we’re offering 4 prizes of £50 in Amazon vouchers in return.

University Librarian receives honorary degree from the University of Leicester
(Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014)
Jan Wilkinson, the University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library, has received an honorary degree from the University of Leicester for her services to HE Librarianship and Information Science

From Manchester to Melbourne: the Gutenberg Bible on the move
(Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014)
The University of Manchester is excited to announce that our copy of the magnificent Gutenberg Bible will be on display for a limited time at the University of Melbourne as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and the Cultural Treasures Festival.

Manchester’s University Challenge hopefuls in new documentary
(Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014)
University of Manchester students and the Libray's own Stephen Pearson will feature in a new two-part documentary about the selection process for the forthcoming series of University Challenge

Blackboard Catalyst Award for My Learning Essentials
(Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014)
The University of Manchester Library has won the Innovative Blended Learning category of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Dazzling Renaissance discoveries displayed
(Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014)
Eight examples from a remarkable ‘visual encyclopaedia’ of Renaissance prints, lying undiscovered in the archives of The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library for 108 years, have gone on show.

Library Search upgrade
(Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014)
A new version of Library Search will go live on Tuesday, 6 May with significant changes including an improved look and feel, and a new 'Library catalogue only' search option.

Innovative suite of interactive e-learning resources now freely available
(Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014)
The Library’s own My Learning Essentials skills development programme has now made its online resources suite available to download freely under a Creative Commons licence.

University Challenge: Champion of Champions
(Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014)
Saturday April 19: 9.30pm BBC2

Guardian University Award for the University of Manchester Library
(Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014)
The University of Manchester Library has won the Facilities Project category in the 2014 Guardian University Awards for its innovative and highly collaborative project, The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.

Library team helps preserve Oldham's Book of Remembrance
(Updated: Fri, Nov 8, 2013)
The Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC), based at The John Rylands Library, has helped save Oldham's Book of Remembrance ahead of this Sunday's Remembrance Service.

The late Professor Jos Arrillaga, the Manchester - New Zealand connection
(Updated: Thu, Sep 12, 2013)
Links between the University of Manchester and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand were recently rekindled by the visit of Professor Jan Evans-Freeman and the donation by Professor Phil Bones of one of Professor Jos Arrillaga's books.

Extended opening hours for The Main Library
(Updated: Mon, Sep 2, 2013)
The Main Library will be open until midnight during term time

Lift refurbishment completed
(Updated: Tue, Aug 13, 2013)
The newly installed passenger lift servicing Purple and Orange in the Main Library has now been completed

Modern Monarchy at The John Rylands Library
(Updated: Wed, Jul 24, 2013)
The John Rylands Library provides a historic base for BBC TV series, The Modern Monarchy.

Document Supply collections
(Updated: Wed, Jul 24, 2013)
From 22nd July all Document Supply material is to be collected from Purple Ground, Main Library.

Important changes
(Updated: Mon, Jul 22, 2013)
We're introducing some important changes on 23 July which will affect all customers.

Temporary closure of the Art and Archaeology Library
(Updated: Fri, Jul 12, 2013)
The Art and Archaeology Site Library will close on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July for essential upgrade work to the space.

Rare manuscript by Italian master found
(Updated: Thu, Jul 11, 2013)
A University of Manchester academic has discovered an important and previously unknown manuscript by one of the medieval period’s greatest thinkers, who was born 700 years ago this year.

University marks 700th birthday of medieval genius and erotic story teller
(Updated: Tue, Jul 9, 2013)
Academics at The University of Manchester and Bristol are marking the 700th birthday of one of the medieval world's greatest writers, credited with establishing the European storytelling traditions we know today

Medieval book to go on display for first time
(Updated: Thu, Jul 4, 2013)
A rare medieval manuscript with one of the world’s oldest known depictions of the brain is on loan from The John Rylands Library for a forthcoming exhibition at MOSI

A Day of Celebrations for the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
(Updated: Thu, Jun 20, 2013)
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons has been officially opened and named at a day of celebrations

Library awarded contract to digitise Cardinal Newman's archive
(Updated: Wed, May 22, 2013)
The Library’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC) has been awarded the contract to digitise the vast archive of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Do you use #socialmedia for studies?
(Updated: Fri, May 10, 2013)
Fancy providing a case study and being rewarded for featuring in a video?

Shopping trolleys? But it's a library!
(Updated: Wed, May 8, 2013)
We've started putting your innovation ideas into practice already!

Librarian Stephen Pearson coaches University Challenge team to fourth win
(Updated: Tue, Apr 30, 2013)
Manchester retained its University Challenge title last night. It is the fourth victory for The University of Manchester in just eight years and librarian Stephen Pearson is the team coach.

Manchester's Fab Four win University Challenge
(Updated: Tue, Apr 30, 2013)
Manchester retained its University Challenge title last night, beating University College, London 190 – 140 in the televised final

John Rylands Library on top tourism list
(Updated: Thu, Apr 25, 2013)
The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library has made it onto a list of Great British landmarks, published by Visit England.

Letters of "Hark the Herald" composer, Charles Wesley, published
(Updated: Thu, Apr 25, 2013)
The private letters of the composer of some of the world's most popular hymns have been published, revealing a rare glimpse into the birth of Methodism.

Director of John Rylands Research Institute appointed
(Updated: Wed, Apr 17, 2013)
Professor Peter Pormann, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, has been appointed founding Director of the John Rylands Research Institute

Rylands copy of the Gutenberg Bible available on iTunes
(Updated: Wed, Mar 6, 2013)
The John Rylands Library copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book to be printed with movable type, is now available on iTunes.

Letter and envelope together again after 165 years
(Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013)
A 165-year-old envelope addressed to one of the Victorian era's greatest writers has been reunited with its letter, unexpectedly discovered by an American academic.

William Blake discovery goes on show
(Updated: Thu, Feb 7, 2013)
A previously uncatalogued masterpiece by one of Britain’s greatest artists is to go on display for the first time at The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library.

Down your way: historic maps
(Updated: Wed, Dec 19, 2012)
Down your way: two centuries of Manchester's maps go online

The John Rylands Library scoops top title at Manchester Tourism Awards
(Updated: Thu, Nov 8, 2012)
The University of Manchester's iconic John Rylands Library has been made Manchester's 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year' at the city's annual tourism awards.

Library awarded Customer Service Excellence certification
(Updated: Tue, Sep 18, 2012)
The Library has recently been awarded certification against the Customer Service Excellence Standard (CSE).

iManchester App
(Updated: Fri, Sep 14, 2012)
iManchester App - Stay connected with The University of Manchester wherever you are.

Award for Augmented Reality project
(Updated: Thu, Sep 13, 2012)
A team from The University of Manchester, including specialist Library staff, has been awarded the joint runner up prize for the Association for Learning Technologists "Learning Technology of the Year" team award.

New Pull Printing system at the Library
(Updated: Wed, Sep 5, 2012)
New Pull Printing system becomes available in the Library from Wednesday, 5 September.

New Library service goes live
(Updated: Thu, Jul 12, 2012)
Secure Charging Station for all your mobile devices

Library acquires important Holman Hunt letters
(Updated: Wed, Jul 4, 2012)
The Library has purchased an important set of six letters by Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

Digital Haggadah now available on iTunes
(Updated: Tue, May 1, 2012)
Digital Passover treasure launched

Remote access to electronic resources for alumni
(Updated: Wed, Apr 18, 2012)
The Library and the Alumni Office are piloting a new scheme to bring remote access to JSTOR for Alumni for the first time.