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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.

Interactive map of Main Library


Opening hours

Bank Holiday opening hours

Main Library will be closed on the following date:

  • Monday 26 August 2024 (August Bank Holiday)

8 April to 5 June 2024

  • Monday: 8am to 2am
  • Tuesday: 8am to 2am
  • Wednesday: 8am to 2am
  • Thursday: 8am to 2am
  • Friday: 8am to 2am
  • Saturday: 9am to 2am
  • Sunday: 9am to 2am

6 June to 8 September 2024

  • Monday: 8am to 8pm
  • Tuesday: 8am to 8pm
  • Wednesday: 8am to 8pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 8pm
  • Friday: 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 5pm


The Main Library
Oxford Road
M13 9PP

+44 (0)161 306 4306

Features and facilities

Library Living Room

The Library Living Room has been created to offer a warm, comfortable space where students can take a break.

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:

Bookable study spaces

There are 14 bookable study spaces in the Main Library.

Quiet space for children

If you need to bring your children into the Library and need a quiet place to study, you can book Group Study Room 1 in Main Library.

Quiet space for online meetings or lectures

If you need a quiet space to attend an online meeting or lecture, you can book study room 14 in the Main Library.

Group study rooms

There are 12 group study rooms in the Green area.

  • 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

PC clusters

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).

Printers, scanners and copiers

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:

Get in touch