The University of Manchester
Library (formerly The John Rylands University Library) is the University Of Manchester
's library and information service. It was formed in July 1972 from the merger of the library of the Victoria University of Manchester with the John Rylands Library
. On 1 October 2004 it joined the library of the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) on the merger of the two universities.
The main library is on the Oxford
Road Campus of the University in Chorlton on Medlock: the postal address is Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PP, UK, though the library entrance is at Burlington Street. The forms of the library's official name have varied slightly over the period of its existence: once as "John Rylands University Library of Manchester". The Library is a National Research Library (an award of the Higher Education Funding Council for England
): the only one in the north of England.