The John Rylands Library

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150 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH

  • Visitor and event enquiries: 0161 306 0555

The John Rylands Library merged with Manchester University Library in 1972 to form The John Rylands University Library of Manchester.

Further information

Opening Hours:

For visitors: Mon 12.00-17.00 Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00 Sun 12.00-17.00 The library is closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and between Christmas and New Year.


The John Rylands Library is a public library. Open daily, entry is free.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

Facilities information:

The Library's collections are open to Readers aged 18 and over. However, to look at special material, a letter of reference is required.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General audio-guide available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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