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Main Library reception

Main Library

The Main Library holds the principal collections for teaching and research in the humanities, education, law, medicine, science and the social sciences.


The Main Library
Oxford Road
M13 9PP

+44 (0)161 275 3751

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.

    Monday, 24 April to Wednesday, 7 June 2017

  • Monday* to Friday: 8am to 2am
  • Saturday: 9am to 2am
  • Sunday: 9am to 2am
  • Notes:

    • *Monday, 1 May and Monday, 29 May 2017: Open 9am to midnight
      On these days the Library will be staffed by security only. Access will be with a valid University of Manchester Library ID card only.

    Thursday, 8 June to Sunday, 11 June 2017

  • Thursday and Friday: 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Notes:

    On Saturday, 10 June and Sunday, 11 June 2017, the Main Library will be closed for essential maintenance.

    Monday, 12 June to Friday, 15 September 2017

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Notes:

    • Closed Saturday, 2 July 2016 (maintenance works)
    • Closed Monday, 29 August 2016 (public holiday)

Lost property

Lost Property is normally handed into the Customer Services Desk of the Main Library.

All items are kept for a limited time, after which they are passed to the Student Services Centre.

We strongly advise you to contact the Customer Services Desk if you think you may have lost an item in the Main Library tel. +44 (0)161 275 3716 or email

Toilet facilities

Toilet facilities in the Main Library are located in the Blue Area on all floors with the exception of the Ground floor. They can be found off the landings on staircase 1.

Facilities for disabled customers can be found on Blue Area Ground and Blue Area 1.

Prayer facilities

There are no prayer facilities within the library. However prayer facilities are available throughout the University Campus.

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