The John Rylands Library

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

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

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.

Admission charges

The John Rylands Library is a public library, open to everyone. Entry is free.

Additional info

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

The special collections and Manchester Medical Society Library are Designated Collections of national importance.

The special collections represent an outstanding national and regional resource, combining material of international significance with collections directly relevant to the history and wider impact of Manchester and the North West. The Manchester Medical Society Library contains medical printed books dating between c. 1800-1950, associated with the Manchester Medical Society.

Collection details

Social History, Literature, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Methodist Archives and Research Centre
  • Labour History Archive and Study Centre
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Darkness and Light: Exploring Gothic

  • 16 July — 20 December 2015 *on now

From the fantastical to the macabre, this intriguing exhibition unearths Gothic treasures from our Special Collections and investigates subjects as varied as classic literature, contemporary Gothic subculture and architecture. Experience spooky Gothic tours of the Library, classic Gothic film screenings and creepy craft activities!

Suitable for

  • Any age


The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH



Reader enquiries

Visitor and event information


Visitor and Event enquiries

0161 306 0555


0161 834 5574

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