UMIST Library Archive

Scope and Content

A small fragmentary archive for the UMIST library dating to the beginnings of the Municipal School of Technology. The Library was always relatively small, and this is reflected in the volume and type of records generated. There are a small number of accession registers (TLA/1), Librarian's Bulletins (TLA/2), guides (TLA/3), papers relating to the 1980s Library redevelopment plan (TLA/4) and a small amount of miscellaneous material. It does not appear that the Librarian's administrative files have been retained other than those in TLA/4.

Administrative / Biographical History

The UMIST library had its origins in the library of the Manchester Mechanics' Institution. The College of Technology building, which opened in 1902, had its library on the C floor (facing Sackville St). With the completion of the extension of the Main Building extension in 1957, the library moved to floors D-F of this new building (in the eastern section). These premises were greatly extended in a redevelopment project in the mid-1980s. When completed in 1987, the library was formally renamed the Joule Library. In the 1990s, the UMIST library operated at branch library at the Precinct Centre at the Oxford campus (this focussed on business and social sciences). In 2004, the UMIST library merged with the library of the University of Manchester (then known as the John Rylands University Library of Manchester); the Library continued to operate services at the Joule site until 2022.


Arranged by series:

  • TLA/1 - Accession records
  • TLA/2 - Librarian's Bulletins
  • TLA/3 - Library Guides
  • TLA.4 - Library Expansion Project Records
  • TLA/5 - Miscellaneous

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader unless otherwise stated.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 2018. The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for archiving and research purposes according to the provisions of the Act. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Joule Library to the University Archives between 2004 and 2006.


Accruals are possible.

Related Material

The Library holds separate archives for the University of Manchester Library (i.e. the Main Library) and the John Rylands Library; neither are currently catalogued. The UMIST Library Committee minutes can be found in TGB/2/10 (1910-2004). the Library's annual reports will be found in the UMIST annual reports.

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