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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 boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with WiFi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building.

Opening hours

This location is offering a limited provision during this time.  For full details, please see the 'Service availability' page:

Study spaces

A limited number of bookable study spaces are available:

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

Book a study space


Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
Oxford Road
M13 9NR

+44 (0)161 306 4306

Features and facilities

Group study rooms

There are 30 Group Study Rooms throughout the building in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons group study room

  • They vary in size from between two and 12 people maximum.
  • The rooms are furnished with a whiteboard and a PC connected to a media screen, excepting the two-person rooms. Laptops can be connected to the screens if necessary.
  • All the rooms are supplied with packs of whiteboard markers. Extra whiteboard markers are available from the Customer Services Desk near the building entrance.
  • Rooms are bookable between 9am and 9pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, but the rooms remain open throughout the building’s normal opening hours.
  • Apart from the Group Study Rooms there are 24 open plan group study areas (not bookable) each with a PC and media screen.

Visit My Manchester to book a group study room:

For more information about booking group study rooms visit Library Help.

IT and copying facilities

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is one of the University's major computer cluster locations and provides access to over 400 PCs. As well as PC clusters and quick access PCs there are 18 open plan digital screens that can be connected to laptops.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons PC Cluster‌There is a plug socket for each user at fixed furniture and additional plug sockets are available around the building. ‌

Multi-function devices (MFDs) can be found at each PC cluster in the Learning Commons and provide print, scan and photocopying facilities.

WiFi is also available throughout the building.

Visit the IT Services website for more details about PC availability, pull printing and other services for staff and students: 

Training sessions

The Learning Commons hosts a range of ‌face-to-face, interactive training sessions on a broad range of topics to support your personal and academic development.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Training Room

Find out more about the range of modules, upcoming workshops and online resources we offer through our My Learning Essentials skills programme:

Zzz Zone

Check out the Zzz Zone on floor 2 of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and enjoy a 20-minute power nap in the Pod.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Zzz Zone

Taking short naps can make you feel more alert, improve your productivity and reduce stress levels.

The Pod will time your nap, and provide ambient music and lighting to help you relax, re-energise and improve your concentration.

Text us

If you are having difficulty with equipment, need to report a problem with disruptive library users or are experiencing any other issues you can alert us using the Text us service.

Text us is available from Monday to Friday between 9am and 9pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 9am and 5pm.

To use Text us send your text to: 07721 515037

Food and drink

The Café located in the foyer serves a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks whilst providing a comfortable and relaxing environment for refreshment.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Cafe

Dishes are made fresh daily and where possible using vegetables sourced from farms in the local area making the ingredients the freshest available.

Café and vending machine facilities are also available throughout the building.

Our café facilities are easily accessible to all visitors between the following hours:

Term time:

  • Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 11pm
  • Saturday to Sunday 9am - 10pm

Out of term:

  • Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 8.30 pm
  • Saturday to Sunday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

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