New dedicated area for maps in Main Library

The map room on Purple Ground in the Main Library is being trialled as the latest Special Collections Reading Room, to allow better study of the Library’s extensive map collections.

Whilst the space has always housed maps, it is the first time it is being treated as a Special Collections Reading Room, which means staff will be available during the week to help with map enquiries. It also means that the area is reserved for customers consulting maps and special material. To protect the collections, food and drink are not allowed in this area (even bottled water).

The trial service will run from today, 30 September for three months, and will include provision for teaching workshops and other enhanced study for those engaging with our map collections.

Staff will be on hand to help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4.30pm. Appointments to view maps must be made in advance.

If you have any questions, feedback on the service, or wish to make an appointment, email: uml.maps@manchester.ac.uk