Resoures & Facilities
The John Rylands University Library is one of the largest university libraries in the country and contains an outstanding collection of subject specific and related material. Its Special Collections, housed in a separate building in the centre of Manchester, include manuscripts, documents and other holdings relating to medieval literature, Bible study, eighteenth- and nineteenthcentury literature and contemporary poetry. Postgraduates not only benefit from the possibility of exploiting unexplored collections, but also from the Library's subscription to more than 7,000 electronic resources, accessible from dedicated postgraduate study rooms located in the Library itself and in the Subject Area.
Each year, a number of our second year students take the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus exchange, studying for one or two semesters in an equivalent European university. Destinations currently include Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zurich and Copenhagen.
Mature students are fully integrated into the life of the School, we offer additional support to those who feel they need it through the 'Plus-21 Group'. This group, which is co-ordinated by students and meets regularly for social and learning activities, supplements the University-wide Burlington Society which is also aimed at mature entrants.
The English Society, run by students for students, puts on social and cultural events. Its annual programme usually includes talks, readings, parties, theatre visits and a play production. The American Studies Society is also run by students and organises social events and cultural activities with an American theme. Students on any degree programme are welcome to join either or both Societies.