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About digitisation activities and services

The University of Manchester Library has a world renowned collection of over four million items, including significant numbers of early printed books, archives and manuscripts.

A large number of these items are already available in Manchester Digital Collections and Library Digital Collections and many more will be digitised in the future. Images from the Library’s collections can be accessed through Library Search.

We encourage academics from The University of Manchester to submit requests for digitisation projects to support teaching and research.

Use Reading Lists Online to manage your reading lists and request new teaching resources.

Applying for a digitisation project

Please note the following points of guidance before applying for a digitisation project:

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify, trace, and seek formal permission of the copyright owner where material requested for digitisation is still in copyright.
  • Each digitisation project will be considered on its own merits.
  • Priority for digitisation projects will be given to Library and University of Manchester collections.
  • All applications are subject to approval by the Librarian.

Digitisation collection proposal form


Digital Collections

Please send completed applications and any queries to