The library is housed within the foyer/social area of the main building on MANCAT (Manchester College of Arts and Technology)'s flagship campus, but it is a thriving public library, serving students and bringing the local community onto campus, helping the college to recruit locally. Library customers can take advantage of low-cost college facilities, previously only open to students - a modern gym, hair and beauty salons, cafes and restaurant.
We work closely with MANCAT and other partners on a variety of initiatives and we both gain a great deal from the partnership.
The library was purpose-built for the space, sitting under a wooden canopy. It has attractive lending areas, with tabletop displays, quick picks, retail-style furnishings and a self-issue terminal.
We place young adult stock around the outward facing perimeter of the library, so it is accessible by students passing through or spending time socialising in the college break-out area.
There's a music and film library, enclosed homework centre, Access Point for council services and drop-in and longer-stay computers.
There is also a dedicated quiet area, with specialist resources linked to curriculum areas (such as automotive, beauty therapy, childcare and construction), and computers linked to both college and library intranet systems.
The library is fully accessible, all on one floor, with wide automatic doors, on-site disabled parking, height adjustable workstations and accessible toilets.
Type of library
Medium sized town library
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups
Nature of site, Shared building
Design features, Structural
Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding
Services and facilities suppliers
General, Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 9