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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

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

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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 using the special collections:

Group study rooms

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

Main Library group study rooms

  • 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 My Manchester 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 and provides access to over 300 PCs. 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.

IT support is provided at the Reception Desk on Blue Ground or visit the IT Services website for more details about PC availability, pull printing and other services for staff and students: 

Food and drink

The Library Lounge is a place where you can unwind, relax and have something to eat and drink.

Library Cafe

It's located on Blue Ground and is open until 7pm each day during term time and until 4pm during vacations. Vending machines are also available and will provide snacks and drinks throughout the day.

The normal opening hours of the Library Lounge are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 12.30 to 4pm

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