News and blogs
Find out the latest news and updates from the Library.
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 ...
Pick up a free textbook for your subject from the Library
6 Sep 2019
Save some pennies and save the planet. At the Library’s Textbook Rescue giveaway event, you’ll find quality, used textbooks from all subject areas, available to collect free of charge. Since 2013, our Textbook Rescue scheme has found ...
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 ...
Donate your old textbooks with Textbook Rescue
5 Jun 2019
With exam season over, it’s time to relax and enjoy a well-earned summer break. Leave your studies behind you and, with them, your old, unwanted textbooks. If you’re still holding on to old textbooks that you no longer need, now is the...
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...
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust supports Armenian exhibition
20 May 2019
A new exhibition explores one of the world's oldest civilisations and its connections to north west England. Aratta, at Manchester’s Central Library until 16 June 2019, takes a look at the lives of some of the Armenian diaspora who have been...
Students can now borrow books for the whole year
15 May 2019
From today, all items (except High Demand) will be automatically renewed until 12 June 2020. Going forward, the standard loan period for University of Manchester students will be for the whole academic year, rather than a single semester as was ...
Revision Support Zone and Stephen Joseph Studio open up for Exam Extra
13 May 2019
More support and space is now available as Exam Extra reaches its two week milestone.The campaign is the Library’s package of extra hours, extra space and extra support during the revision period. In addition to MLE’s sessions and the ...
Library staff member highly commended at University awards
7 May 2019
The Library’s Data Specialist, Phil Reed, was highly commended at the University’s Volunteer of the Year Awards as staff, students and alumni came together to recognise extraordinary volunteering contributions across a diverse range of ...
New ‘request from shelf’ service makes getting books easier than ever
2 May 2019
We’re currently trialling a new service in the Main Library, where we’ll retrieve the book you want for you, and put it in the Collectme room on Blue Ground. You can request items via Library Search that are currently available on the ...
Chris Pressler discusses the complex world of scientific publishing on BBC Radio Four
1 May 2019
'The Great Science Publishing Scandal' looks at how people access the thousands of articles published each year that form the official record of science: The Great Science Publishing Scandal - BBC Four How the Library is affected by the ...
A book of ours: Manchester’s “homeless” engage with our manuscripts
25 Apr 2019
The Library is currently working with the arts organisation arthur+martha to facilitate the making of an illuminated manuscript at the Booth Centre and other support centres for people with experiences of homelessness. Called the “book of ...
Library Student Team recognised by prestigious University awards
18 Apr 2019
The Library Student Team has been highly commended by the Distinguished Achievement Awards judging panel, chaired by the Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Hackett, in the Large Team Category. Library Learning Development ...
Finding a book made easier with new ‘Locate this book’ feature
17 Apr 2019
The ‘Locate this book’ feature makes it easier for users to find their books in the Main Library. Interactive map When a user clicks on a Library Search result, if that book is housed in Main Library, the location information now ...
Continued improvement works in Main Library
15 Apr 2019
Blue 2 and Purple 4 floors in the Main Library remain closed while power sockets are installed. This work is taking longer than planned, but we’re working hard to reopen these areas as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience in the...
Research and communities specialist appointed director of Manchester race archive
12 Apr 2019
Dr Safina Islam has been appointed head of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust (AIUC). Part of The University of Manchester, AIUC is an open access archive and library on race, identity and communities. It is ...
New Rylands Gallery exhibition now open
11 Apr 2019
Our Rylands Gallery has reopened following some improvements and the installation of a new exhibition to explore protest, challenge and change. The new exhibition, in line with the themes of our Peterloo exhibition, is a celebration of revolution ...
Improvement works being carried out this Easter in response to Library survey
8 Apr 2019
This week we will be carrying out some improvement works to the Main Library and AGLC while they are less busy than usual. In the Main Library, Blue 2, Blue 3 and Purple 4 will be closed from Monday, 8 April to Friday, 12 April while we install ...
Broaden your research audience with the help of the Library
21 Mar 2019
Researchers at The University of Manchester now have access to more support than ever before in achieving new audiences for their research thanks to a new, premium service offered by the Library’s Research Services Team entitled Open Access+....
Rylands Gallery improvements and exhibition changeover
18 Mar 2019
The Rylands Gallery will be closed for the week commencing 1 April for exhibition changeover and also for some maintenance and improvement work to the display cases. Whilst The Rylands Gallery will be closed from Monday, 1 April for the exhibition ...
Peterloo exhibition launches 21 March
11 Mar 2019
We’re proud to formally announce the next exhibition at The John Rylands Library: Peterloo. It will run from Thursday, 21 March until Sunday, 29 September and as always, is free and open daily. Those of you who subscribe to The John Rylands ...
New hot food guidance for Main Library and AGLC
8 Mar 2019
You told us in the most recent Library Survey you don’t like people eating smelly food in Library study spaces. We have listened, and in response we’re trialling a new stance on hot food within the Main Library and AGLC. We’re ...
Improvements to The John Rylands Library Special Collections Reading Room
28 Feb 2019
The refurbishment will offer improvements to the reader experience together with enhanced security and care of the collections through a redesigned staff workspace. About the Reading Room The room, located on the fourth floor of our Deansgate ...
Academic Book Week 2019
25 Feb 2019
It is a week-long celebration of the diversity, variety and influence of academic books throughout history run by the Booksellers Association. Academic Book Week - official website Each year there is a different theme to initiate wider debate and...
DigiLab returns to the Learning Commons
8 Feb 2019
DigiLab events give you the opportunity to try out and explore new technology, talk to makers and technologists and participate in research using technology. What to expect At this event, you’ll have the chance to: interact with a ...
Eddie Davies Library features stunning new study environment for students
6 Feb 2019
The Eddie Davies Library is a stunning new space for students at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), featuring new study areas, upgraded database PCs and a range of different work and collaboration zones. The Library can be found in The ...
Main Library closure this weekend
29 Jan 2019
From 5pm on Friday, 1 February the Main Library will be closed while work is undertaken to improve the water supply. The closure will continue all day on Saturday, 2 February. Returning books For students requiring books from the ...
Thousands of students benefit from the Library’s eTextbook Programme
25 Jan 2019
Since September 2018, over 8,600 University of Manchester students have benefitted from seamless online access to their core reading via the Library’s new eTextbook Programme. The Library’s offer provides students on 125 modules with a ...
Top tips to get through the exams
16 Jan 2019
With just over a week to go until the January exams finish – the end is well and truly in sight. If you’ve been following the @MLEManchester twitter account, you will have seen our student team has been sharing their top ten tips for ...
Exam Extra returns in January
13 Dec 2018
Exam Extra is back in the new year, with extended opening hours, workshops and online resources, more study spaces and more staff to help support you in your exams. Here’s just a few things you can take advantage of: The Main Library will...
Closure of Precinct Library and The Finance Zone
8 Nov 2018
Ahead of the opening of the new Alliance Manchester Business School building in January 2019, we will be moving our Business and Management collection into the new Eddie Davies Library over the festive period. Precinct Library will close for the ...
New University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library
2 Nov 2018
Christopher Pressler has been appointed as new University Librarian and will join us on 1 February 2019, from Dublin City University (DCU), where he is currently University Librarian and Director of the Irish Modern Archives Research Centre. He ...
Get support with your studies from My Learning Essentials
25 Oct 2018
My Learning Essentials is the Library’s award-winning skills support programme. The programme includes both face-to-face workshops and online resources covering a range of different topics –. Want to develop your skills in academic ...
New cafe space open at The John Rylands Library
15 Oct 2018
Enriqueta’s, the new cafe space at The John Rylands Library, is officially open. Serving coffee, tea and a selection of cakes, the cafe will be open seven days a week. But where did the cafe’s name come from? The John Rylands ...
Academic Engagement Librarians share successes
8 Oct 2018
Our Academic Engagement Librarians are proud to share Library highlights of the past year and a preview of what’s to come in the next 12 months. Some of the topics covered include: recent enhancements to Pure; the Library’s Order a ...
Welcome to the Library
18 Sep 2018
Welcome to all new and returning students, we’re looking forward to meeting you, and we’re ready to support you with your studies, and make sure you get the best possible learning experience while at the University. Over the next three...
Teaching excellence at the Library
11 Sep 2018
The Library’s Learning Development Manager Jennie Blake has been recognised for her outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession by being named as a National Teaching Fellow. The National Teaching Fellowships ...
Continue using the Library as a graduate
31 Aug 2018
You’ve done it! Congratulations to all this year’s summer graduates. Make sure to come and see us before you go. Take a few selfies, show your family your favourite spot for pulling an all-nighter (studying, of course). And don’t...
Library teaching effort continues over summer
9 Aug 2018
The Library has a long standing relationship with the University Language Centre, providing support during the summer period for their pre-sessional students. These students undertake a range of courses which are designed to help them develop the ...
Get up-to-date with e-journal publications in one place
27 Jul 2018
BrowZine is an app (and website) students and staff at The University of Manchester can access courtesy of the Library which enables you to browse, read and stay up-to-date with content published in e-journals in one simple interface. Journals on a ...
Over 1,500 new items available thanks to you
10 Jul 2018
We understand how frustrating it can be when you can’t find the book you need, which is why we’re pleased to report that 1,617 requests have been processed through the 'Order a book' service since it launched in February. Students ...
The Big Book Move
20 Jun 2018
The Big Book Move is the name for work which will see more than 21 kilometres of books re-shelved to new locations around Main Library to make books – including High Demand – part of a single, user friendly sequence so they will be easier...
HEFCE Consortium Project to Widen Participation in Postgraduate Study
12 Jun 2018
At The University of Manchester Library a key ambition for teaching, learning and the student experience is for there to be no barriers to studying and no boundaries to learning so we were delighted to be recently given the opportunity to contribute ...
Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project
10 May 2018
The University of Manchester Library's Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project won the award for 'safeguarding the digital legacy' at the Digital Preservation Awards in January 2015. Collecting institutions like the University of ...
Discover Manchester’s history with The John Rylands Library
28 Feb 2018
Supporting Manchester Histories Festival, The John Rylands Library will be celebrating the city's most pioneering women and sharing captivating images from our Guardian Archive. Manchester Histories Festival is back for its third biennial ...
First week success for the Library's 'Order a book' service
26 Feb 2018
Students across The University of Manchester are already opting to use the ‘Order a book’ service, provided by the Library. Since the service launched on Monday, 19 February, more than 200 requests for books have been made by students,...