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Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIU Centre) is a specialist library focusing on the study of race, migration and ethnic diversity.

AUI Centre‌The collection is made up of books and other publications, local studies material, oral history material and historical archives.

The AIU Centre is part of the University of Manchester’s Special Collections, but is based off campus at Manchester Central Library, where it is accessed by a wide public audience, as well as University staff and students.

Much of the library collection is loanable, but library users must have Manchester Libraries card to borrow books. Books cannot be borrowed using the University of Manchester Library card.


Joining Manchester Libraries is free to anyone living in the UK: 

You can borrow loanable items using the self-service machines or issue desks throughout Central Library.


Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre
Lower Ground Floor
Manchester Central Library
St Peter’s Square
M2 5PD

Tel:  +44 (0)161 275 2920


Opening hours

The library is open access for staff, students and members of the public.  The library is staffed for enquiries and access to local history material:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Outside of these hours you can access the library and borrow loanable books whenever Manchester Central Library is open:

Find out more

Searching our resources

All of the AIU Centre resources can be searched using the Manchester Library catalogue Advanced Search.

In the Location Field select 'Race Relations Resource Centre: Central Library'.

Details of the archive and oral history collections can be found on the AIU Centre website:


There are individual study spaces and free WiFi in the AIU Centre library area for readers to study material from the library.

Please ask a member of our staff if you’d like to study the local studies material or oral history transcripts.

These are kept in locked bookcases for security reasons and can only be used at the desks in the library area, when the library is staffed.

Access archives

Archive collection catalogues can be found on our website:

Members of staff will be happy to tell you more about what is in the specific collections and advise on what material might be of interest to you, so please get in touch to discuss your research.

One working day's notice is required to retrieve items from the archive. You will need to study archive material in the Central Library Search Room:

You can make copies of archive material, using a camera or photocopier, for personal research purposes for a cost of £6 per half day.

Please contact the AIU Centre to make an enquiry or request.