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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of the art study and learning centre in the heart of the Oxford Road campus boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with WiFi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building.

Address

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PP

+44 (0)161 306 4306

Opening hours

The Learning Commons is open to students and staff of the University within our usual opening hours:

  • Term time: open 24/7
  • Out of term:
    • Monday to Friday:  9am - 9pm
    • Weekends:  9am - 5pm

Other visitors are welcome to enjoy our café facilities which are easily accessible to all visitors between 9am - 8.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 4.30pm at weekends.

    Saturday, 15 September to Sunday, 16 December 2018

  • Saturday, 15 September: Opens 9am (24/7 opening begins)
  • Monday, 17 December: Closes 9pm

    Monday, 17 December to Monday, 24 December 2018*

  • Monday,to Friday: 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 5pm
  • Notes:

    • Please note that the Learning Commons will be staffed by a security team on Monday 24 December
    • Closed - Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday, 26 December 2018

    Thursday, 27 December to Tuesday, 1 January 2019*

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 5pm
  • Notes:

    • Please note that the Learning Commons will be staffed by a security team on these dates.

    Wednesday, 2 January to Friday, 19 April 2019

  • Wednesday, 2 January: Opens 9am (24/7 opening begins)
  • Friday, 19 April: Closes at 9pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 5pm
  • Notes:

    24/7 opening pauses for Easter:

    • Saturday, 20 April - 9am to 5pm*
    • Sunday, 21 April - 9am to 5pm*
    • Monday, 22 April - 9am to 9pm*

    * Please note that the Learning Commons will be staffed by a security team on these dates.

    Tuesday, 23 April to Saturday, 8 June 2019

  • Tuesday, 23 April: Opens 9am (24/7 opening resumes)
  • Saturday, 8 June: Closes at 5pm
  • Sunday 9 June: 9am to 5pm
  • Notes:

    • Monday, 6 May and Monday, 27 May 2019*
    • Please note that the Learning Commons will be staffed by a security team on these dates.

Visiting us

The Learning Commons offers tours of this spectacular building to The University of Manchester staff, and visitors to the University.

The tours are a great way to explore and enjoy the building and see the facilities that are on offer.

To arrange a tour please contact us via Library Help:

Training sessions

The Learning Commons hosts a series of training sessions and workshops in a great learning environment.

My Learning Essentials offers a suite of online sessions and group workshops on library and information literacy; academic and study skills workshops; career and employability skills and skills clinics.

Find out more about the range of modules, workshop schedules and booking information through My Learning Essentials.

Facilities

The learning commons offers great facilities for students, including:

  • Exclusive group learning rooms
  • Flexible break out and work spaces with multimedia facilities
  • 400 fixed workstations with live update availability information so you don’t have to wait
  • Multi-function devices (MFDs) for print, scan and photocopying
  • WiFi access throughout the building including outdoor café areas
  • Charging stations to charge laptops, tablets and smart phones (remember your cable!)
  • Café and vending machine facilities