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Learning resources

At The University of Manchester, you will have access to world-class study facilities and learning resources. We have a rich and impressive heritage which we aim to preserve through continued investment in our facilities and innovation in the way we teach and support our students to learn and develop.

We believe technology and online resources have an integral part to play in the learning experience and we make sure that you have the tools available to help you learn as effectively as flexibly as possible.

My Manchester

At registration, all students at The University of Manchester are given a login for My Manchester, an online portal giving you access to all the essentials you will need as a student, including your profile, course details and exam timetables, as well as your University email and documents. You’ll also have links to news feeds, blogs and social media and access to notices from your academic School.


Through My Manchester, you can also access Blackboard, an online portal enabling tutors to upload notes, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts and even video footage of lectures – meaning you can watch them again when you’re revising for exams. For some courses, also have discussion boards and online tests through Blackboard.

In 2013 over 120 lecture theatres at The University of Manchester were equipped with lecture capture recording equipment. The majority of teaching and learning activities that take place in these locations are now recorded and made available to students to aid revision.

Library services

Being one of the UK’s largest academic libraries with over four million books and manuscripts, the University of Manchester Library is a fantastic resource to have on campus. There are several libraries on site, including subject-specific libraries.

During the exam period, the Main Library is often open until midnight, giving you the flexibility to use the facilities at a time that is convenient for you. A lot of popular books are available as part of the High Demand collection which holds books and other items recommended as essential texts on course reading lists by University teaching staff.

The University subscribes to thousands of academic e-journals that all students have access to, in addition to e-books and databases as part of an increasing digital offering.

The Library also offers study support through My Learning Essentials – an online resource offering tools, tips and online seminars to support your learning while at university. It includes information on developing the skills you’ll need to successfully complete your degree programme, including how to research, reference and write in an academic style. Through this, you can also book workshops or find out about drop-in skills clinics which take place regularly throughout the year.

Study spaces

The University of Manchester Library offers a great deal of support to help you get the most out of your studies, and offers superb spaces to facilitate independent study. From the innovative and ultra-modern Alan Gilbert Learning Commons to the wonderfully historic John Rylands Library, there are plenty of options giving you flexible space to suit your needs.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

We’re very proud of our Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, which was designed with students, for students. It opened in 2012 and houses the most up-to-date IT facilities, lots of flexible learning spaces and a host of student-centred services.  

We developed the iconic £25 million building with our students who helped design the furniture, provided the eclectic mix of art and defined the shape and use of the space by telling us exactly what they needed.

The Learning Commons is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can accommodate more than 1,000 students.

IT facilities

Students here benefit from one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe, with over 10,000 PCs across campus and access to Wi-Fi in most areas, including in library facilities. Campus computing facilities can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can study whenever suits you.

Computing facilities are also available in many academic Schools and halls of residence, giving you the flexibility to work at home or on campus.

Research and lab work

Many degree programmes will include a proportion of lab work and we offer world-class facilities to support this. Among our most impressive facilities are the £40 million Integrative Centre for Molecular Cell Biology, the UK’s largest high-voltage laboratory, and Jodrell Bank which houses the famous Lovell Radio Telescope and the Observatory Astronomy Research Centre.

Each Faculty has its own impressive facilities to help support your learning and study which you can find out more about on the Faculty websites