University of Manchester Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Enquiry Form Tel: 0161 275 3751

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About the library

The University of Manchester Library holds over 4 million books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and over half a million electronic books. It is made up of 10 site libraries and from Autumn 2012 will include the new Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

  • Alan Gilbert Learning Commons - a 21st century learning environment, offering a real variety of flexible individual and group study facilities as well as providing access to computers, scanning and printing facilities
  • Main Library - holds the main collections for humanities, education, law, medicine, science and social science.
  • The John Rylands Library, Deansgate - holds the Special Collections which contain some of the most significant books and manuscripts ever produced. They include medieval illuminated manuscripts and the earliest forms of modern printing including the Gutenberg Bible.
  • Art and Archaeology Library - situated within the Mansfield Cooper Building
  • Braddick Library - situated within the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Eddie Davies Library - specialises in business and management for postgraduate students
  • Joule Library - the former library of UMIST holds collections for science, engineering and technology
  • Kantorowich Library - holds architecture, geography, planning and landscape materials
  • Lenagan Library - situated in the School of Music and Drama, has its own collection of textbooks, journals, musical scores, sound recordings and videos
  • Precinct Library - holds business and management core texts
  • Stopford Library - holds medicine and dentistry materials for first and second year students and undergraduate textbooks for the Faculty of Life Sciences

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • John Rylands University Library: G2
  • Eddie Davies Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Manchester's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of Manchester data on Copac

Example record from the University of Manchester:

Mercurius Politicus : comprising the sum of all intelligence, with the affairs and designs now on foot in the three nations of England, Scotland, & Ireland: in defence of the Commonwealth ...
  Published: (London) : (T. Newcomb)

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.