The Library’s starring role in Open Days on 21 and 22 June

On Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22 June, Main Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (AGLC) will open their doors to parents and prospective students who are considering study at The University of Manchester.

Fresh approach

The Library is one of the most important and regularly used facilities for most students throughout their years with us, meaning our role in the Open Day must give a true flavour of the learning support, access to resources and friendliness that students will encounter.

Caroline Boyd, Marketing and Communications Officer, said, “We’re taking a fresh approach to our UG Open Days this year – and we don’t just mean the fresh fruit on offer on our Whitworth Hall exhibition stand as opposed to sweets!

“We know that we are a ‘home from home’ for many students. This is why we created a short dramatic film that really conveys how we are the nurturing, constant support that is there for students in the good times and the hard times of their student journey.”

The Library prides itself on having friendly, helpful staff and providing a wide range of resources that stand out against the competition. The Open Days films – including a short four minute documentary as well as the more dramatic one minute Library journey story - will convey some of our key messages on the benefits of studying here.

Format for the day

A Library Open Day leaflet has been produced and will be handed out on the days in order to help parents and students navigate between three sites – the Whitworth Hall exhibition, Main Library and the AGLC.At the Whitworth Hall exhibition, Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and to direct attendees to either AGLC or Main Library. At AGLC, Library staff and Student Team members will help with tours of the facilities whilst at Main Library there will be an exhibition and film viewing area on Blue Ground Floor.

Caroline added, “At previous Open Days, we noticed that lots of parents and students seemed tired and in need of refreshment and rest when they visited our sites. So this year, we’ll be encouraging them to get a drink in our cafe, take a comfortable seat in front of the Blue Ground video wall and sit back to hear about what makes Manchester special. We’ll also have a small exhibition area featuring easels and beautifully designed foamboards – each one conveying different parts of our offer including Exam Extra, Get Started, Textbook Rescue and site library facilities.”

Want a taste of messages from the day? See the film below:

The University of Manchester Library