Welcome to the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, a stunning neo-Gothic building that houses one of the world’s finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives.
Closure date: Thursday 15 June 2023
Please note that the John Rylands Research Institute and Library will be closed on the following date:
- Thursday 15 June 2023
Rylands will reopen on Friday 16 June 2023.
Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands, the library opened to the public in 1900 as a gift to Manchester and its people.
Today, it is part of The University of Manchester Library and offers a range of services and resources for researchers, students and visitors. Whether you want to explore our exhibitions, join our events or simply marvel at our architecture we look forward to welcoming you to this magnificent library.
At busier times it may be necessary to limit the number of visitors to protect our Grade 1 listed building, so we may ask you to queue outside prior to entry.
What you need to know
Do I need a ticket?
No, but at busier times it may be necessary to limit the number of visitors to protect our Grade 1 listed building, so we may ask you to queue outside prior to entry.
Toilets and baby-changing facilities will be open. The shop will be open and accepting contactless payments only.
The lift will be single-person or one household use only and will be reserved for people who need its use for mobility.
We are committed to enhanced cleaning and hygiene standards including hand-sanitiser stations.
Using Special Collections
The Reading Room at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is open Monday to Friday. Please get in contact with us to book an appointment.
Community and culture in industrial Lancashire (29 March 2023 to 9 September 2023)
Discover more about our architecture, collections, and what to expect when you visit.
Opening hours for visitors and the Special Collections Reading Room.
The John Rylands Library Research Institute and Library is happy to accommodate group visits.
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Browse online exhibitions to explore our collections and curated research from anywhere in the world.
Our education programmes for primary, secondary and post-16 schools and colleges.
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