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Main Library

The Main Library is the largest library on campus and holds the principal collections for teaching and research in the humanities, education, law, medicine, science and the social sciences.

'Bring and Ping' at the Library Lounge

The Library Lounge is one of several dedicated 'Bring and Ping' spaces across campus equipped with microwaves, free hot water and charging points. You are welcome to microwave your own food and prepare hot drinks in this space.


Opening Hours

12 September to 16 December 2022

  • Monday: 8am to 12am
  • Tuesday: 8am to 12am
  • Wednesday: 8am to 12am
  • Thursday: 8am to 12am
  • Friday: 8am to 12am
  • Saturday: 9am to 12am
  • Sunday: 9am to 12am


The Main Library
Oxford Road
M13 9PP

+44 (0)161 275 3751

Features and facilities

Special Collections

Many of the Library's special collections are held in the Main Library. These include archives of the University of Manchester, Christian Brethren archives, a range of scientific books and post-1800 medical books, medical drawings and paintings, and maps.

Find out more about our current offer:

Group study rooms

There are 14 group study rooms on Green 2 in the Main Library.

  • Each room can be used in a booked session by a minimum of two and a maximum of eight people.
  • The rooms are furnished with a large table and eight chairs, a PC and a 32 inch LCD monitor.
  • You will need to login with your username and password to access these PCs.

Visit this page to book a group study room:

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

IT and copying facilities

The Main Library is one of the University's major computer cluster locations. Most of the networked computers are located on Blue 1.

Main Library PC Cluster‌Many of the PC's are provided for specific purposes such as quick-use, library catalogue access and access for external users (academic research only).

Multi-function devices (MFDs) can be found throughout the building and provide print, scan and photocopying facilities.

If you need support with IT issues please ask a member of the Customer Services Team or contact our Digital Support Service team via Library Chat and Library Help:

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