In addition to the news items listed here, the Library also produces the Researcher's Weekly Bulletin, a weekly round-up of announcements of new electronic resources acquired by the Library (for example, databases and journals), news of new web sites, trials of databases, announcements of forthcoming conferences and other information of interest to researchers.
You have told us you want more print books, so we're trialling a new scheme to get you the books you want in the Library.
Books Buy You is here to buy you the resources you need. If the Library doesn't own the book you need for your studies, tell us and if we can, we'll buy a print copy for the Library.
Updated: 21 March, 2017
The Library has reviewed the provision of the Inter-library loans service for our staff and students.
Updated: 25 April, 2017
Due to pressure on study spaces in the Library access is restricted for the following visitors from Monday 24th April - Friday 2nd June 2017:
Usual access arrangements will be in place from Saturday 3rd June 2017
Updated: 10 March, 2017
Here is a list of new ejournals recently added to the library catalogue and the ejournals A-Z list:
Updated: 14 February, 2017
This exhibition examines the close, collaborative relationship between the author Penny Rimbaud (co-founder of the highly influential punk rock collective Crass) and typesetter and book designer Christian Brett. The exhibition draws on extensive archive material from the Bracketpress archive held at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. Brett's collaborations with Rimbaud employ many expressive and conceptual typographic tricks, creating visually exciting designs for some very challenging texts. Along with published material (novels, essays, poetry and music) the exhibition also includes working designs for as yet unpublished works.
Bracketpress is an independent radical publisher of books, pamphlets and limited edition prints co-founded by Christian Brett & Alice Smith. The exhibition is part of RANDOM Archive, a collaborative project with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre exploring text and type.
Updated: 25 April, 2017
Will Mellor (1885-1966) was apprenticed as a bookbinder and studied at the Manchester School of Art between 1903 and 1909.
He excelled in book design and illustration, calligraphy and in fine bookbinding, winning many School awards, as well as national prizes and free scholarships. His work was noted and illustrated in the leading art and design magazines of the day.
Whilst still an apprentice Will Mellor became Honorary Secretary of the Northern Art Workers Guild, the leading organisation promoting and supporting handcrafts in the north of England. After completing his apprenticeship (1906) he described himself as a book finisher, working on his own account, yet he seems not to have worked full time as bookbinder. He undertook commercial advertising and design work, wrote articles for the Journal of Decorative Art, and was employed as an assistant/specialist teacher at the Manchester School of Art.
He found full time employment in 1924 as the Secretary of the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators. He undertook some advertising work for his employer, and was an occasional member of both the Red Rose Guild and the Design and Industries Association. In his will of 1958 he still described himself as a 'decorative artist'.
The exhibition continues upstairs on the 3rd Floor of the library, in the Special Collections Reading Room.
We would like to thank Barry Clark for curating this exhibition and also Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council for lending to the exhibition.
Updated: 24 April, 2017
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