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Find out the latest news and updates from the Library.
Get started with the Library
7 Sep 2020
The Library is here to support your learning throughout your University experience, even if it’s not what you expected it would be this semester. We provide students with access to resources like books, journals and databases, training to ...
Diversifying Collections and Practices at The University of Manchester Library
21 Aug 2020
Following the shocking murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 and the worldwide protests that it provoked, we have taken time to reflect on the implications for us and the steps that we need to take at The University of Manchester Library ...
Essential maintenance work in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
3 Aug 2020
This will affect access to systems and services connected to the University network in AGLC including our Wi-Fi and wired network. To reduce the potential impact on our staff, students and the re-opening pilots in AGLC, the work on both days will ...
The University of Manchester Library achieves Archive Service Accreditation
30 Jul 2020
The University of Manchester Library has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard ...
Phased reopening of Library buildings
23 Jul 2020
As lockdown restrictions ease, we’re working hard to safely reopen our Library sites so you can access our physical collections and study spaces again. We will be conducting a phased reopening. The pilot phase will begin on Monday, 27 July ...
Reopening our Library buildings
14 Jul 2020
The Library is working on reopening some of our physical buildings to pilot a click and collect service at Main Library, limited study space at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and limited access to Special Collections materials held at The John ...
Women’s Work in Wartime the latest addition to Manchester Digital Collections
1 Jul 2020
The latest addition to Manchester Digital Collections, Arthur Reavil’s photographic album of Women’s Work in Wartime, which is held at The John Rylands Library, provides a glimpse into an extremely important time of social upheaval on the...
Code Club goes online
17 Jun 2020
DigiLab has been running Code Club in the training room of the AGLC for the past two years. It's a weekly two hour drop in for any student or staff member to come along and get support with coding. We have a team of facilitators on hand to help, ...
Coronavirus: latest Library information
15 Jun 2020
The Library has migrated as many of its services online as possible while its sites are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have the largest ebook collections in the UK accessible via Library Search. Contact us via Library Chat anytime ...
Online resources and support available from the Library
15 Jun 2020
You can use our online portal to get help from a Library expert or book a virtual appointment. Essential skills for online learning - a flexible training course to help you develop skills to get the most out of being an online learner. ...
Important Library information about teaching resources for Semester 1 2020/21
1 Jun 2020
Since the campus closure, the Library has been working to make as many teaching resources available electronically as possible. We now need you to work with us to ensure all online reading lists and teaching resources are ready for the new academic ...
Returning library books during the campus closure
19 May 2020
Unfortunately, due to government restrictions and the closure of University buildings we are unable to accept book returns until the campus begins to physically re-open. Automatic renewals until 2021 However, we have renewed library books until...
Dead Sea Scroll fragments thought to be blank reveal text
15 May 2020
New research has revealed that four Dead Sea Scroll manuscript fragments housed at The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library, which were previously thought to be blank, do in fact contain text.
Updated Library FAQs: accessing resources, support for online teaching
1 May 2020
This advice is correct at the time of publication of this news article. If you have health concerns then you should refer to the NHS website as recommended by Public Health England. For other queries regarding the current situation, ...
Additional reading list content available online
30 Apr 2020
We’re working with publishers to make additional reading list resources available electronically this semester. To support students studying online during the COVID-19 outbreak, publishers have made some textbooks from University of ...
Medieval treasures available online
30 Mar 2020
Whilst we’re unable to physically access our collections during this period of unprecedented self-isolation, work on our digital collections continues unabated. A new digital collection, containing key works of Middle English literature, has...
John Rylands Library closure
19 Mar 2020
As part of The University of Manchester’s response to coronavirus, The John Rylands Library is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. All exhibitions, events and schools workshops are cancelled. We don’t know ...
Careers drop-in sessions in Main Library
5 Mar 2020
The Careers team will be on hand to answer any careers questions that you have. Students from all years and degree subjects are welcome to drop-in and have a chat. The sessions will be taking place on: 25 February 2020, 10am-12pm 04 March ...
Parts of The John Rylands Library closed on 8 and 9 February
3 Feb 2020
On Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 February, the first floor of The John Rylands Library will be closed to the public. Please bear this in mind if you’re planning to visit. Our current exhibition, Seeing the Invisible, and the Rylands Gallery will...
Celebrate Love Data Week with the Library
3 Feb 2020
Love Data Week is an annual social media event that raises awareness of topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse as well as Library-based research data services. This year it runs from 10 - 14 February and events ...
National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 now open
3 Feb 2020
About the survey The National Student Survey is open from now until 30 April 2020. The NSS allows you to say both what you liked and what you think could be improved about your University experience. Complete the survey Prize draw and ...
Manchester Digital Collections launch
28 Jan 2020
The new image viewer allows enhanced viewing and manipulation of ultra-high quality images, with a parallel display of text, audio and video content: View Manchester Digital Collections Research opportunities Manchester Digital Collections ...
22 Jan 2020
To celebrate the end of Semester 1 exams we’re giving you the chance to win an Amazon Fire 7 tablet and £40 worth of Amazon vouchers in our #UoMLibraryLife Instagram competition. How to enter: Share an original photo or video on ...
Palladium: Providing Access to Large Literary Archives in a Digital Medium
18 Dec 2019
The University of Manchester Library has been awarded funding by Arts Council England to tackle the huge challenges involved in managing and making accessible modern literary archives in digital formats. Access to email archives is fraught with ...
Merry Christmas from the Library
16 Dec 2019
When you get back, we’ll be ready to support your revision with extra study spaces, extended opening hours, helpful workshops and surprise treats to help you do your best in your January exams. From 6 January, the Main Library will be open ...
Landmark digitisation of works related to poet and humanist Petrarch available online
10 Dec 2019
For the last three years, colleagues from The University of Manchester, University of Leeds and University of Oxford have been working together on a project researching the commentary tradition of the poetic works of the Italian Renaissance figure ...
Library books not subject to recall over Christmas
3 Dec 2019
Between 6 December 2019 and 12 January 2020, no Library items will be subject to being recalled by other Library users. If you urgently require a book during this period, and all copies of that item are out on loan, please speak to a ...
Expert insight allows digital cataloguing of 1,300 years of Latin manuscripts
19 Nov 2019
You may not realise that some of our Special Collections remain a mystery to us. Constant work is undertaken to explore and catalogue our own collections. For instance, Dr Joanne Edge has, since August 2018, been improving and digitising the Latin...
New online portal means Postgraduates can pay Library fines online
8 Nov 2019
We’re launching a new online portal which will allow Postgraduate students and staff to pay their Library fines more easily online. At present, only Undergraduate students are able to conveniently pay Library fines online. However, from the ...
The John Rylands Library Special Collections Reading Room reopens
7 Nov 2019
Following months of improvement works, our newly refurbished Special Collections Reading Room has now reopened. The renovated Reading Room, on the fourth floor of The John Rylands Library, features a fully redesigned workspace, improved ...
Have your say for a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers
4 Nov 2019
The Library’s online student survey is live from today, Monday, 4 November and runs until Sunday, 8 December 2019. It’s a chance for you to have your say and tell us about your experience of the Library. Your feedback is ...
Explore your online identity with Digital Society
4 Nov 2019
Develop your digital communications skills and explore the online world with Digital Society, the UCIL course unit run by the Library. Studying entirely online, you’ll learn invaluable practical skills to shape your digital identity. Digital...
New exhibition, Seeing the Invisible, launches at The John Rylands Library
30 Oct 2019
The Syriac Galen Palimpsest, a unique, ancient and globally important medical manuscript, will be publicly exhibited in the UK for the first time in Seeing the Invisible, the new exhibition at The John Rylands Library. The exhibition, which runs ...
New way to order research resources from the Library
30 Oct 2019
Need resources for your studies or your research that the Library doesn’t hold? Use our Order a Book and Order an Article services, and we’ll get them for you. Order a Book is free; Order an Article incurs a £2 administration ...
Mancsy hanky joins Peterloo Special Collections
29 Oct 2019
Since its inception, The John Rylands Library has been intended as a gift to the people of Manchester. It is with some sense of pride, therefore, that we were chosen as part of people’s artist Mancsy’s “finders keepers” ...
The John Rylands Library loans four items to Princeton University exhibition
29 Oct 2019
The John Rylands Library has loaned four items from its Special Collections to a Princeton University exhibition about early European printing. The exhibition examines the first two decades of European printing after Gutenberg’s invention of...
Expand your digital and technical skills with DigiLab
16 Oct 2019
With its aim to democratise technology, the Library’s DigiLab initiative will have a two-week residency on Blue Ground in Main Library for the first two weeks of November. 11am – 4pm, Monday to Friday 4 – 15 November Blue...
Library diversifies collection with addition of new databases documenting the Black experience
16 Oct 2019
Students and researchers now have access to two major databases of primary resources documenting the Black experience in Britain, the United States and the African diaspora after they were purchased by the Library in collaboration with academic ...
Get involved with Open Access Week
11 Oct 2019
Open Access Week takes place from Monday, 21 to Sunday, 27 October. It is an annual, global event aimed at raising awareness of Open Access among the academic community. The Library is committed to making Open Access as easy as possible for ...
Library launches new ‘Neighbours’ campaign
8 Oct 2019
The Library has launched a new campaign aimed at helping to promote a friendly and supportive Library community, because everybody needs good neighbours! By helping each other, with support from Library staff, we hope that you will be encouraged ...
Get expert advice and training from the Library
4 Oct 2019
If you need help with advanced searching and systematic reviews, business data, copyright and referencing, or maths and statistics, access Specialist Library Support. Specialist Library Support includes an extensive range of online resources, ...
New exhibition to be installed in The Rylands Gallery
2 Oct 2019
The Rylands Gallery will be temporarily closed between Monday, 14 October 2019 and Thursday, 17 October 2019 while we install our new exhibition. The rest of the building will be open as usual. The St John fragment will be on display again ...
New dedicated area for maps in Main Library
30 Sep 2019
The map room on Purple Ground in the Main Library is being trialled as the latest Special Collections Reading Room, to allow better study of the Library’s extensive map collections. Whilst the space has always housed maps, it is the first ...
Welcome to the Library
16 Sep 2019
Welcome to all new and returning students. We’re looking forward to meeting you! At the Library, we’re here to support you with your studies, so you can reach your full potential. Over the next three weeks, we’ll show you how to ...
Sector-leading new Research Metrics service from the Library
12 Sep 2019
The Library’s innovative new Research Metrics Reports service launched this week. The sector-leading new service provides Manchester staff with a greater understanding of their research outputs in a variety of contexts. Based on data ...
Library highlights for 2018-2019
15 Jul 2019
As the academic year draws to a close and preparations are being made for graduation ceremonies, we look back at how we have made a difference. Here are just a few of the Library’s highlights. We began collaborating with the University of...
Improving the water supply in Main Library
5 Jul 2019
The Main Library will be closed all day on Saturday, 13 July while essential maintenance works are carried out on the building’s water supply. This work has been scheduled in direct response to your feedback and will hopefully lead to ...
The Library’s starring role in Open Days on 21 and 22 June
20 Jun 2019
Fresh approach The Library is one of the most important and regularly used facilities for most students throughout their years with us, meaning our role in the Open Day must give a true flavour of the learning support, access to resources and ...
Improvements at The John Rylands Library Special Collections Reading Room get the green light
13 Jun 2019
Planning permission has been granted for the refurbishment of the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor of The John Rylands Library this summer. The Reading Room will be closed entirely on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 July. However, from ...
Library introduces paperless reservations
23 May 2019
The Library has recently moved over to a more modern, sustainable model for reserved book collections. We will no longer be using multi-coloured paper rolls to mark books that have been reserved, this will contribute to the reduction of our carbon...