The RNCM Library supports the work of the College in teaching, learning, performance and research through the timely provision to students and staff of appropriate resources in printed, audio, video and online formats.

RNCM Library

Library Facilities

  • 24 student IT workstations which provide facilities for word processing, access to the Internet, e-mail and Sibelius software
  • 5 workstations with dedicated access to the Library’s online catalogue listening stations
  • A viewing room for watching a large collection of DVDs and videos
  • Remote online access to the Library catalogue
  • Self-service photocopying, printing and binding
  • A scanner, colour laser printer and digital microform reader

Term Time Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday:   9am – 7pm
Friday:  9.30am – 5pm
Saturday:  9am – 1pm
Sunday:  CLOSED

Summer Break Opening Hours

Please note that the Library will be undergoing some significant maintenance work during the summer vacation which will restrict access to Library resources and will require us to close for a period of approximately two weeks. We will advertise further details of closure period as soon as possible.

Monday – Friday:   10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

Monday July 30 – Tuesday 14 August: CLOSED

The Library will be closed for maintenance work during this period. No access to the Library or resources will be available.

Wednesday 15 August – Sunday 2 September *

Monday – Friday:  Morning: Closed
2pm-4.30pm: Open
Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

*Monday August 27: Bank Holiday: CLOSED

Monday September 3 – Sunday September 16

Monday – Friday:  10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

Monday September 17 – Sunday September 23: INDUCTION WEEK

Monday – Friday:  9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday   9am – 1pm
Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

Normal term time hours resume on Monday September 24. 

Afternoon opening during August is subject to staff availability – you are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243)

Please note: online resources are still available while the Library is closed using the links on Moodle, or your Athens login.

All opening times are subject to staff availability and the Library reserves the right to close if necessary. You are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243).

Find Us

The RNCM Library is situated on the ground floor of the College building, to the left of the main entrance on Booth Street West.

Library Links and More

The Library co-operates with other libraries, particularly in the Manchester area. It is a member of the Manchester and Salford Music Librarians’ Group and The North West Academic Libraries (NoWAL).

The Library is also a member of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) and staff actively participate in IAML (UK & Irl).

The Library provides a number of ways of accessing information in addition to this site. The RNCM Library Facebook page has news and links to our online resources. The RNCM Library Netvibes page has blogs and podcasts gathered from across the internet.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) provides a general right of access to information held by public bodies, including colleges and universities, subject to certain exemptions; this is to promote openness and accountability.

To promote public awareness of our activities a lot of information is available through the College Information Guide, which can be downloaded on the left hand side of this page, along with our Freedom of Information policy. If the information you are looking for is not accessible you can request it in a different format. Please contact the Archivist/Records Manager for further information.

Make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.