About us

We have two library sites and several library spaces on Main Campus and at MediaCityUK.

Our main library, Clifford Whitworth, is midway through an exciting project which will see the space completely transformed over an eighteen month period. We’ve completed the first phase, with our first and second floors fully refurbished and offering bright, fresh, technology enabled study areas with a variety of attractive work spaces which allow our students the freedom to learn in ways that feel natural and comfortable. The second phase begins in June 2017 and you can find out more about the work on our blog. Our second library is located in the University’s state of the art facility at MediaCityUK.

We provide access to a wide range of resources for research and learning. Our cutting edge resource discovery tool, Library Search, allows access to all our academic resources from a single interface, including more than 348,000 books, 33,000 e-journals and 592,000 e-books and several special collections and archives.

More than 700 PCs are provided. Our plasma screens show where the available PCs are located. 240 laptops are available for loan. Our printing system enables you to send your print work from a range of devices, whether on or off campus, and collect it from any printer on campus.

We provide staffed Support Desks, to assist you in using our services, and our online instant messaging service is another source of help when you need it. Skills for Learning is your one-stop-shop for study support. It offers a wide range of eLearning, study guides, videos and workshops designed to help you develop essential study, information and digital skills. Our Academic Support team can help you find subject information and are on hand to answer your study and IT related questions. We also offer Wordscope, a ten week tuition programme that will help you develop academic writing skills.

The customer focus of The Library has been acknowledged with the Customer Service Excellence award, a national award to recognize excellence in Public Services.