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Library Strategy

The University of Manchester is one of the world’s leading universities, renowned for pioneering research and innovation. The Library plays a crucial role in achieving and maintaining this status.

Our vision

The University of Manchester Library is the third largest university library system in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge.

Our strategy drives the development of the Library towards future success. It sets out a vision for the organisation we believe is needed for the future, and the things we will achieve by 2021 to meet these aspirations. This strategy will guide our investment priorities, as well as the development of our services and policies for the next three years. 

The Library strategy supports the University's Manchester 2020 strategic vision, outlining our priorities and ensuring we can we can deliver in new and mission-critical areas, building services which will support the Manchester 2020 goals.