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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.

Opening hours

13 September to 23 December 2021

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


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.

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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:

Food and drink

The Library Lounge is currently closed.

Library Cafe

The Library Coffee Cart on Blue Ground is open from 9am.

Vending machines are also available and will provide snacks and drinks throughout the day.

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