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Find out the latest news and updates from the Library.
Launch of the digital edition of the Mary Hamilton Papers
28 Sep 2022
A major AHRC-funded project to digitise, transcribe and analyse the letters, diaries and manuscript volumes of courtier, diarist and Bluestocking Mary Hamilton (1756-1816) has now published a digital scholarly edition on Manchester Digital ...
Open Now: 'Bring and Ping' at the Library Lounge
26 Sep 2022
You can now microwave your own food and prepare hot drinks in the Library Lounge at the Main Library.The Library Lounge is one of several dedicated ‘Bring and Ping’ spaces across campus with microwaves, free hot water and charging points....
Kantorowich Library now closed
16 Sep 2022
The Kantorowich Library in Humanities Bridgford Street has closed and the space is being redeveloped to create one of nine Student Support Hubs. Student Support Hubs will consolidate the current 100+ student touchpoints, making it easier and simpler ...
Revised Library opening hours: Monday, 19 September 2022
13 Sep 2022
With the public holiday falling at the start of Welcome Week there are Library buildings to which you’ll need access, so the following will be available and open:Main LibraryAlan Gilbert Learning CommonsAll other Library sites will be closed ...
Get started with the Library
12 Sep 2022
The Library is here to support your learning throughout your University experience.We provide students with access to resources like books, journals and databases, training to help you succeed in your studies, and spaces to study when you’re on...
Library Bank Holiday closure dates (August 2022)
24 Aug 2022
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will be open from 8am to 8pm and staffed by our colleagues from Constant Security.Find out moreLocations and opening hoursContact us
New 3D collection launched on Manchester Digital Collections
16 Aug 2022
The items included range from an effigy of the Methodist pioneer John Wesley to the earliest portion of any New Testament writing ever found, the St John’s fragment. 3D modelsThe 3D models were created by the Rylands’ ...
Main Library to close for electrical maintenance from 23 to 24 July 2022
20 Jul 2022
As part of planned electrical maintenance there will be a complete electrical shutdown for all services within Main Library (all areas) on the weekend of 23 July at 7am to 24 July 2022 at 4pm. Main Library will be closed for both days of that ...
Upgrading PC clusters at Main Library and AGLC
12 Jul 2022
From Monday, 4 July 2022, we’ll be upgrading and replacing 665 student PCs in clusters in Main Library and AGLC. We’ll be making these improvements throughout July and August, so please be aware that there will be some minor ...
My Research Essentials summer workshops for our researchers
11 Jun 2022
Choose from a selection of workshops and online resources covering a variety of topics tailored to you research journey. Workshops this Summer range from an overview of reference management tools to writing retreats, how to choose a journal to ...
Summer Study Skills and Specialist Library Support for our students
10 Jun 2022
Whether you are completing final assignments, writing up your dissertation, preparing for resits or continuing to develop your study skills you can continue to access Library support via My Learning Essentials and our Specialist Library ...
Upcoming improvement works at Main Library (13 June - 31 July)
6 Jun 2022
We recently installed a variety of new study spaces at Main Library, including individual desk spaces, focused study booths and tables for group work and discussion. Work to connect some of these spaces to power took place over the Easter ...
Further Hebrew and Persian manuscripts added to Manchester Digital Collections
23 May 2022
Manchester Digital CollectionsDigitised by the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s renowned Imaging team, the items include rich metadata informed by generously-funded research.About the manuscriptsOur Persian Manuscripts collection ...
Joule Library closure and ID Manchester
19 May 2022
One of The University of Manchester’s key goals as it moves into its third century is to be recognised as the top university in Europe for innovation.ID Manchester will be a significant step on that journey:ID Manchester - overviewClosure of ...
Important Library information about reading lists and the eTextbook programme 2022/23
19 May 2022
Here’s what you need to know: Use Reading Lists Online to order new teaching materialsHow to prepare your reading lists for the course unit rollover in Blackboard How to apply for a core eTextbook for your studentsUse Reading Lists ...
British Pop Archive exhibition, Collection, opens at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library
19 May 2022
What’s the British Pop Archive? The British Pop Archive (BPA) brings together the records and artefacts of UK popular culture, youth culture and counter-culture from the post-war period to the present day. These collections represent the ...
Get exam and assessment support from the Library
9 May 2022
You can:access online resources and workshops for revision, exam and assessment strategiesaccess wellbeing support via our Counselling and Mental Health Services workshopsspeak to Library staff via our regular Library drop-in supportFind out moreTo ...
Event to explore the past, present and future of British TV
29 Apr 2022
On 18 May 2022, to celebrate the launch of the British Pop Archive, Creative Manchester will be hosting a roundtable discussion with David Olusoga OBE and broadcasting vanguards to explore the past, present, and future landscape of British TV.
Find books in Main Library more easily with ‘Locate This Book’
11 Apr 2022
Use the ‘Locate This Book’ feature in Library Search to see the exact floor and shelf location of any book in Main Library.Note that this feature currently only works for books (not journals) located in Main Library.How to use ...
Upcoming improvement works at Main Library
8 Apr 2022
We recently installed a variety of new study spaces at the Main Library, including individual desk spaces, focused study booths and tables for group work and discussion. Over the Easter and Summer vacations, we will be connecting these spaces to...
British Pop Archive set to open at John Rylands Research Institute and Library
6 Apr 2022
The British Pop Archive (BPA), a national collection dedicated to the preservation and research of popular culture, is set to open at The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
The Office for Open Research officially launched
4 Apr 2022
Led by the Library, the Office for Open Research supports the University's strategic vision, Our Future, which sets out how we are committed to transforming our research environment to better support more open, transparent and ...
New exhibition, Designing Dante, launches at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library
24 Mar 2022
What’s the exhibition about?The Italian medieval author Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is known for his fantastical reimagining of the worlds of the Christian afterlife, the Commedia (Divine Comedy). The poem is a fictional eyewitness account of ...
How students can order research resources from the Library
21 Mar 2022
If you need research resources that the Library does not currently hold then we will get them for you (electronically wherever possible). The Order a Book service is free; the Order an Article service incurs a £2 administration charge.Find...
UKRI: new Open Access policy
3 Mar 2022
Through this policy UKRI is aiming to ensure that all of the research that it funds is immediately Open Access.The Library is leading a project to support the implementation of this new policy, with colleagues from Research Services, Engagement, ...
Delivering Imagine2030 - Library Annual Report 2021
1 Mar 2022
The University of Manchester Library has published its first annual report which tracks progress with the Imagine2030 vision. The report showcases how the Library has adapted services in response to the pandemic and accelerated the digital shift...
Unfunded monograph authors: enter the Library’s competition to win OA funding by 25 March
25 Feb 2022
About the competitionThe Library’s Open Access (OA) monograph competition is open until 25 March 2022. Unfunded monograph authors from any University faculty can enter the competition, as long as they will soon be publishing a monograph or ...
Help the Library maintain a pleasant study environment
3 Feb 2022
When you're in a Library site, please:bring only cold food inside with youput your litter in the bins provided or take it away with youclear your study space before you leave.We also encourage you to wear a face covering in Library sites, and in ...
250 new study spaces now available at Main Library and AGLC
31 Jan 2022
There are a variety of new study spaces available, all with comfortable furniture, including individual desk spaces, focused study booths and tables for group work and discussion. Study spaces have also been added to the...
How the Library can support you in January and Semester 2
10 Jan 2022
If you’re preparing for exams and assessments, we’ve got a range of exam and assessment support available to you, including workshops, drop-in support and online resources you can complete in your own time.If you’re new to...
Increasing study spaces at Main Library and AGLC
13 Dec 2021
When the work is completed, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of new study spaces with comfortable furniture, including individual desk spaces, focused study booths and tables for group work and discussion.As part of these improvements, ...
Improvements to the Library laptop loan service
9 Dec 2021
Over recent months, our digital team has made the following improvements:We’ve increased laptop availability in AGLC and Main Library by over 66% (40 new devices in total).We have upgraded all 100 laptops across AGLC and Main Library with brand...
Library COVID-19 update (November 2021)
29 Nov 2021
Face coverings and social distancing guidanceFace coverings in our University are mandatory in all indoor spaces with the exception of solo use spaces. They are available at building entrances.This includes when you are in the Library and seated at a...
Get exam and assessment support from the Library
29 Nov 2021
You can:access online resources and join in-person workshops to learn new revision strategiesspeak to Library staff in drop-ins and one-to-ones to get revision and assessment support and guidanceget wellbeing support by accessing helpful resources ...
University teaching staff: Embed Library exam and assessment support in Blackboard
29 Nov 2021
Staff can ask the Library to embed a curated assessment support package into your Blackboard space at School or programme level. To request complete our request form:Request Assessment Support for BlackboardSupport will be available and promoted to ...
SCONUL Access Scheme reopens
25 Nov 2021
SCONUL members can visit the libraries of other HE institutions who participate in the scheme.We’re delighted to be able to process applications from Manchester students who want to visit other HE libraries, and to welcome visiting SCONUL ...
Hebrew Manuscripts added to Manchester Digital Collections
23 Nov 2021
Our internationally-renowned Hebrew collections are astonishingly diverse, covering all aspects of Jewish life as lived in Europe, North Africa and further afield. These manuscripts have been digitised and catalogued as part of an ongoing project led...
Important Library information about teaching resources for Semester 2 2021/22
18 Nov 2021
Thank you for all your support in working with the Library to get your teaching resources and reading lists ready for Semester 1. We now need your help to ensure we have everything ready for your students for Semester 2. Here’s ...
Unfunded monograph authors: enter the Library’s competition to win funding to make your monograph Open Access
15 Nov 2021
About the competitionUnfunded monograph authors from any University faculty can enter the Library’s Open Access (OA) monograph competition, as long as they will soon be publishing a monograph or published one on or after 1 January 2021.Winners ...
New exhibition, Qing, launches at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library
21 Oct 2021
What’s the exhibition about?The Qing 清 (1636-1912), China’s last dynasty, existed for nearly three centuries. Qing emperors ruled a vast realm that was a blend of different religions and cultures. Qing books reflect the diversity ...
New online exhibition featuring Japanese collections launches
13 Oct 2021
The exhibition allows viewers to take a virtual journey through Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) using maps and travel guides from the Japanese maps collection.Curated by Dr. Sonia Favi, who recently completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship ...
Library recalls and reservations now available
4 Oct 2021
To recall items that are currently on loan to another Library user, log in to your Library account on Library Search and then search for the item.Click on the 'Request' button, and fill in the details on the short form this generates.Once ...
John Rylands Research Institute and Library closed on Friday, 8 October 2021
4 Oct 2021
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library will be closed to the public and researchers on Friday, 8 October 2021.This means you won’t be able to book a ticket to visit the Rylands, or an appointment to access material in the Special ...
New collections launched on Manchester Digital Collections
24 Sep 2021
Syriac ManuscriptsA selection of material from the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s exceptional collection of Syriac manuscripts is now available to explore on Manchester Digital Collections for the first time. Dr Naima Afif has ...
Get started with the Library
13 Sep 2021
The Library is here to support your learning throughout your University experience.We provide students with access to resources like books, journals and databases, training to help you develop your study skills, and spaces to study if you’re on...
Information about Library study spaces in semester 1
2 Sep 2021
Study spacesYou no longer need to book a Library study space in advance.Spaces at all our Library sites are available on a first come, first served basis. See a full list of Library sites here:Locations and opening hours (Library website)Bookable ...
ProQuest Primary Sources: extended trial - Your verdict
18 Aug 2021
It has however resulted in the outright purchase from the supplier (ProQuest) of a number of the most heavily used individual resources within the supplementary portfolio. The disciplines to benefit extend from A(rchitecture and Art History) to ...
Historic correspondence collections added to Manchester Digital Collections
3 Aug 2021
The Letters of John Ruskin155 letters associated with one of the most influential figures of the Victorian era, English writer, philosopher and art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), are now available on Manchester Digital Collections with enhanced ...
Library opening hours and service availability over the summer vacation
20 Jul 2021
Updated 3 September 2021Available study spacesFrom Saturday, 12 June to Sunday, 12 September 2021, you will be able to access study spaces at the following Library sites:Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm ...
Important Library information about reading lists and the eTextbook programme 2021/22
16 Jul 2021
Here’s what you need to know: Use Reading Lists Online to order new teaching materialsHow to prepare your reading lists for the course unit rollover in BlackboardHow to apply for a core eTextbook for your studentsUse Reading ...