Facilities Services

Study spaces and library services available on campus this week

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If you’d like a break from studying at home, there are study spaces available on campus and we’re working hard to increase capacity each week. Study spaces need to be booked in advance, and are available on a first come first served basis. The majority of study spaces are available in Library sites and must be booked via the Library website.

If you book a space but no longer need it , please cancel it using the link in your confirmation email.

Updated services w/c 23rd November

This week the Library has extended the opening hours of the Main Library. Here is a list of all study spaces and how to access some of the services available:

Library sites

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

  • Open: 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • 82 bookable study spaces, 28 bookable study spaces for interactive online learning, and 73 bookable PC spaces
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning

The John Rylands Library

  • Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • 3 bookable spaces for viewing physical Special Collections for readers only
  • Digital appointments to view a small amount of Special Collections material via Zoom
  • Contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk to book an in-person or digital appointment (one week’s notice required) or to enquire about the Special Collections.

Joule Library

  • Open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • 139 bookable study spaces, 20 bookable PC spaces
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning available
  • Access to book stock in person and via Click and Collect

Kantorowich Library

  • Open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • 22 bookable study spaces
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning
  • Access to book stock in person and via Click and Collect

Main Library

  • Open 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday. 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday
  • 428 bookable study spaces, 133 bookable PC spaces, 14 bookable spaces for interactive online learning
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning available
  • Access to book stock in person and via Click and Collect

Main Library: Special Collections Reading Room

  • Open Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am-3.30pm
  • 3 bookable spaces for viewing physical Special Collections for readers only
  • Digital appointments to view a small amount of Special Collections material via Zoom
  • Contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk to book an in-person or digital appointment (one week’s notice required) or to enquire about the Special Collections.

Eddie Davies Library (AMBS students only)

  • Open when the AMBS building is open, 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday. 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday
  • 10 study spaces and 39 PC spaces
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning available
  • Access to book stock in person and via Click and Collect

Stopford Library

  • Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • 44 study spaces
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning
  • Access to book stock in person and via Click and Collect

Other bookable spaces

Christie’s Bistro (PGR students only)

  • Open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • 45 bookable study spaces
  • Bookable through the Library

Oddellows Hall (PGT students only)

  • Open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • 100 bookable study spaces
  • Bookable through the Library

Central Teaching Rooms

There are 44 central teaching rooms available for studying, which can be booked through the Student Study Rooms booking tile in Resource Booker. There are rooms available in Alan Turing, Renold, Roscoe, Samuel Alexander, Stopford and University Place. These rooms are bookable up to a day in advance, and will be available from 9am-5pm.

Other Library Services

Click and Collect

  • As well as those listed above, click and collect is also available to access book stock held in: Art and Archaeology Library and Lenagan Library. Items ordered via Click and Collect can be collected from Main Library.
  • The University Language Centre Library is also now offering click-and-collect. It’s not possible to access the ULC catalogue online. Anyone requiring information on specific language resources should contact angela.farrand@manchester.ac.uk who can provide lists of stock

Online study sessions

  • Available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-4.30pm
  • Online bookable study sessions run by the Library on Zoom

Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing team are available to answer any wellbeing or support queries at the Student Wellbeing Desk in Main Library between 1pm and 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays


For further details about how all Library services are currently operating, visit the Service availability webpage.

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