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Main Library's general stock

Collection Details

Main Library's general stock held at University of Manchester Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The stock includes literature, principally in English and other major Western European languages, on almost all subjects that have been the object of academic research. Thus, it covers many aspects of Asia, except for most of the literature dealing with Islam and the Middle East and North Africa, which is in the discrete Near Eastern Collection. Literature relating to Asia will be found in those Dewey schedules relating to religion, sociology, economics, politics, languages and literatures, archaeology, geography, and history.

History and development

Early donations and bequests of Oriental materials included those of Professors T. Theodores and M.A. Canney, James Prince Lee (the first Bishop of Manchester), who bequeathed some 7,000 books to the Library in 1870, and the bequest of Samuel Robinson of Wilmslow, made in 1884. The collection is continuously supplemented as required to support teaching and research in the University.


Broad coverage.

General arrangement and access regulations

This open-access stock is arranged in two ways: monographs according to Dewey decimal classification and periodicals according to broad subject groups.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Recreation, Religion, Science and technology, Sociology, Travel, Women.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Serials.

Size of collection - western

c. 25,000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed.

Content date range

1950 to present

Collection Catalogue Information


The OPAC contains most of the library's stock bought or borrowed since 1975. For other material, especially older items, it is necessary to consult the card catalogue in the library.

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