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The Main Library, Oxford Road campus

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We are gradually reopening our library services to support your learning, teaching and research. Find out more about our current offer here.


The University of Manchester Library is at the heart of the UK’s largest university, welcoming over three million students, researchers and visitors per year.

Our core role

  • Making an indispensable contribution to the University’s work and reputation.
  • Being close to scholarship and to scholars as part of Manchester’s research life.
  • Listening to students to ensure choice and quality in all our libraries and online.
  • Collaborating through the University’s Digital Strategy and Digital Future.
  • Ensuring the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is the most remarkable university special collections library in the world.
  • Partnering with challenging and aspirational institutions.
  • Providing an efficient, fulfilling and creative workplace for our people.
  • Acting locally, nationally and internationally.