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A Library for Our Third Century

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About Imagine2030

"Imagine2030 is one of the most significant bodies of activity undertaken by The University of Manchester Library in its long history. As The University of Manchester moves into its third century during the course of Imagine2030, the University will reimagine and confirm its status as the home of one of the world’s great libraries."

Professor Christopher Pressler (John Rylands University Librarian and Director of The University of Manchester Library)

Imagine2030 is The University of Manchester Library’s vision and priorities for the next period of its development. It is intended to engage and inform our many communities of researchers, students, visiting scholars, staff and public visitors.

Download 'Imagine 2030' vision (PDF, 1.8MB)


Enabling themes

In redefining the role and purpose of our Library, Imagine2030 engages our staff, our University and our civic, national and international partners in a transformative body of work guided by seven enabling themes:

John Rylands Research Institute and Library
  • Research Innovation
  • Engaged Students
  • Valued Services
  • Open Principles and Equality
  • Manchester Collections
  • Creative People
  • Remarkable Spaces

Strategic programmes

The themes will be delivered through three strategic programmes:

Our Library

  • For Manchester staff, students, alumni and communities

National Research Library in the North

  • Vital to UK research

The University of Manchester Library Global

  • A renowned international partner