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.
Vacation opening hours
- Monday: 9am to 8pm
- Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
- Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
- Thursday: 9am to 8pm
- Friday: 9am to 8pm
- Saturday: 9am to 5pm
- Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Please note that on Saturday, 3 July 2021 this building will be staffed by Constant Security staff only.
The Main Library
+44 (0)161 275 3751
Features and facilities
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.
We are providing limited in-person access to physical Special Collections held at Main Library for all researchers.
Find out more about our current offer:
- Service Availability
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.
Many 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.
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.
Get in touch
Help and support
Visit our 'Library Help' portal to get in touch with us.
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How and where to enquire about lost property.