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Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE (Race Archives and Community Engagement) Centre is a specialist library focusing on the study of race, migration and ethnic diversity.

Opening hours

You can access the library and borrow loanable books whenever Manchester Central Library is open.

  • Monday: 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 8pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: closed

Please note, the AIU RACE Centre may not be staffed during these hours. Please contact us if you have a query.


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

Tel:  +44 (0)161 275 2920


Find out more


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

The AIU Race 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.

Searching our resources

All of the AIU Race 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 Race Centre website:


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

Please contact us 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.

Archive material can be accessed and studied in the Central Library Search Room which continues to operate on pre-booked, appointment only service. Please visit the Manchester Central Library for more information and to book a space:

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