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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.

Easter vacation and May bank holidays opening hours

Please check before travelling. Last update 21/3/2017: All Saints Bank Holiday hours.

Updated: 21 March, 2017

Books Buy You

Tell us which print books you need and we'll do our best to buy them for the Library

Books buy you The Library and lecturers work together to buy the books you need for your course, now we would like to get you involved.

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

Inter-library loans update

Request Inter-library loans online and free of charge

The Library has reviewed the provision of the Inter-library loans service for our staff and students.

Request Inter-library loans online
Go to the ILLs LibGuide to fill in the online form and request materials from other libraries in the UK.
Free of charge
The standard £2 charge per application has been removed, so you will no longer need to buy vouchers to submit your request.
Allocation of requests per academic year
Please check how many items you can request below:
  • Undergraduates: 10 items per academic year
  • PG Taught: 15 items per academic year
  • PG Research and Staff: 30 items per academic year

Updated: 25 April, 2017

Restricted access to All Saints Library during the exam period

Monday 24/4/2017 - Friday 2/6/2017

Due to pressure on study spaces in the Library access is restricted for the following visitors from Monday 24th April - Friday 2nd June 2017:

  • Full-time undergraduate students at Manchester, Salford and Bolton Universities
  • Public Library card holders
  • FE/6th Form College students
  • Usual access arrangements will be in place from Saturday 3rd June 2017

    Updated: 10 March, 2017

Tricking the Impossible: word and type: Penny Rimbaud and Bracketpress

24 April - 25 August 2017

MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,
Sir Kenneth Green Library

Tricking the Impossible 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: an arts and crafts book artist

24 April - 26 May 2017

Foyer,
Sir Kenneth Green Library

Will Mellor 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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