5 reviews of John Rylands University Library of Manchester in English
This library boasts a massive array of books on 4 floors, multiple computer clusters and large working areas separated into Social (talking allowed), Quiet (noise restricted) and Silent (no noise at all) zones dependent on the working conditions required for the student.
Of course, during the term this library is popular with all students yet during exam season, this library, even though one of the biggest in the country, is packed to the rafters with students cramming for their exams which is when I personally avoid it at all.
Its interior is comfortable and welcoming with friendly service on all floors, food facilities are good and the IT services available are top notch.
Definitely recommended for a working space for UoM students.
I only went into the library twice during my entire time at university. The first was just an introduction which I slept through, the second was to borrow a book that I knew someone else needed just to increase my chances of getting a better mark than them. Quite a nice library though.
The largest Manchester University library there is, has a vast range of books and journals available.
The library is only accesible to the University of Manchester students, or, staff, as an I.D card is needed to gain entry.
In addition to this, the building is also home to a number of computer suites where work can be carried out. However, these are generally really busy and difficult to get on.
John Rylands library services the students of Manchester University. And how! It is enormous and well stocked with all your study needs. My girlfriend has a second cousin who works there and he slacks off all day. So, if you’re looking for work you might want to check that avenue. The internet connection is a little on the slow side, but if that is a real worry, then I might suggest that you learn to put things in perspective a little better. I used to have good chat with one of the security men, so that earns the building extra kudos.
Confusingly there are three "John Rylands" libraries in Manchester. This is the largest and also it's not open to the general public if I remember correctly (you certainly had to show a student card to get in the last time I tried).
It is basically the library for the University of Manchester, and therefore has to be huge to deal with the large variety of subjects on offer and the huge amount of students.
There are plenty of free-to-use computers in here, but again you need a student login to get them to work. I always found the law library the most conducive to getting work done, but it was only rarely that I ever tried :P
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