Visiting the library

3. Facilities

Consulting the collections

All items are for consultation only within the department and cannot be borrowed. Due to space restrictions, only a small selection of holdings is on open access.

If you're travelling some distance, contact us on 0161 474 4530 beforehand as some of our collection is stored offsite.

Photocopying and printing

It is possible to photocopy from most items (subject to condition and current copyright restrictions). A small charge is payable, as it is for any printing.


The library has microfilm and microfiche machines. These are available to the public at no charge.

A booking system is in operation. It's recommended that you book a reader in advance of your visit as they're in heavy demand. Machines can be booked for a maximum of four hours.