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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 ...
Library opening hours on August Bank Holiday 2021
17 Aug 2021
All Library sites will be closed during the upcoming Bank Holiday on Monday 30 August 2021 (except the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons).The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will be open from 9am to 8pm and staffed by our colleagues from Constant ...
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 ...
PC availability at Library sites over summer vacation
24 Jun 2021
This means that a small number of PCs at these sites will be unavailable at different points from Monday, 28 June to Friday, 3 September 2021.These PCs will be clearly marked with signage, and you’re welcome to use any of the other PCs ...
Manchester’s Guardian exhibition now open to the public
24 Jun 2021
Previously only available to view online, the exhibition ‘Manchester’s Guardian’ is now open to the public.Uncover the stories behind the headlines and meet the journalists chasing the next scoop. See the document that founded the ...
Rylands prepares to welcome back visitors
14 May 2021
During the pandemic, the John Rylands Research Institute and Library has developed a vast range of online resources including Manchester Digital Collections, enabling everyone to explore our collections in amazing detail. However, due to ...
New exhibition, Manchester’s Guardian, launches at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library
5 May 2021
Founded in Manchester in 1821 after the horrific Peterloo Massacre in the city, the Manchester Guardian was a progressive voice at time when the industrial north was leading the country’s prosperity. Establishing a reputation for liberal ...
iPad and laptop loans available
20 Apr 2021
iPads and laptops can be borrowed from Blue Ground floor at Main Library, while laptops only can be borrowed from the AGLC.All machines have key apps pre-installed.Find out moreiPad and laptop loans available
Enhancing ePADD with Preservation Functionality - ePADD+
20 Apr 2021
As critical documentation of life in the digital age, the preservation of email is central to the mission and values of archives and archivists. This project, entitled Integrating Preservation Functionality into ePADD, or ePADD+ in brief, will ...
New partnership between the John Rylands Research Institute and The John Rylands Library
10 Mar 2021
The John Rylands Research Institute and the University’s iconic John Rylands Library are forging an exciting new partnership as the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. The renaming signals much closer collaboration between researchers ...
Embedding digitised primary sources in your Teaching and Learning
4 Feb 2021
We have a substantial and diverse range of online resources available across Manchester Digital Collections, Luna and Medium. Our Special Collections staff are also on hand to provide bespoke advice on embedding Special Collections content in ...
How the Library can support you in January and Semester 2
4 Jan 2021
If you’re preparing for assessments, we’ve got a range of assessment support available to you, including Zoom workshops with Library team members and online resources you can complete in your own time.If you’re new to the University...
Important Library information about teaching resources for Semester 2: 2020/21
19 Nov 2020
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 what ...
How to order research resources from the Library
6 Nov 2020
If you need research resources that the Library does not currently hold electronically, then the Library will get them for you (subject to electronic availability). The Order a Book service is free; the Order an Article service incurs a £2 ...
Online event: Black activism, past, present and future
22 Oct 2020
Professor Lou Kushnick OBE and Northern Police Monitoring Project will deliver a pre-recorded talk followed by a live Q&A session. The intention is discuss the centrality of racism and the creation of whiteness which fundamentally ...
Research Services launch open research podcast
9 Oct 2020
The series is called Opening Remarks and is hosted by Clare Liggins and Steve Carlton. The first episode focusses on research data management and invites Dr Eleanor Warren, Chris Gibson and Bill Ayres to discuss the topic. Steve Carlton explained:...
Revolutionary France materials added to Manchester Digital Collections
8 Oct 2020
The latest addition to the Manchester Digital Collections is a selection of vibrant materials covering six core themes from the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic experience. The themes range from royalism to military affairs. The materials are ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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.
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...
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...