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Using the collections

At the Sir Kenneth Green Library

Study facilities

The Special Collections reading room is open from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday. The Book Design and Children's collections can be accessed without an appointment. Please contact us in advance to make arrangements to view other material in the collections or if you are not a student or member of staff at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The collections can also be used in teaching to groups of up to 20.


The use of Special Collections is supported by a conservation team who are responsible for the long-term preservation of the collections. This team works to conserve the collections so that they are available for display and study without placing the objects in danger of further deterioration.

At the North West Film Archive

Viewing facilities are available for individuals and groups as well as for teaching, research and screenings.

Footage can be provided on loan for exhibition by heritage and arts organisations, and a full commercial service is also available.

Video compilations and educational resources may be purchased.

Keeping up to date

MMU Special Collections news updates are available by RSS feed and Twitter updates:

  • RSS feed
  • Follow MMU Special Collections on Twitter

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Current Exhibition

Exhibition poster

The Special Collections Museum is closed to the public until further notice.

There's also an archive of previous exhibitions and information about future exhibitions.

Full screen image viewer

All the images on the collections pages can also be viewed at your full screen size.

We'd recommend a screen resolution of at least 800x600.

Where are we?

Maps of our locations and contact details for Staff in the Special Collections.