The John Rylands Library
The John Rylands Library merged with Manchester University Library in 1972 to form the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.
Library, Archive, Historic house or home, Museum
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.
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.
Social History, Literature, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Methodist Archives and Research Centre
- Labour History Archive and Study Centre
- Designated Collection
The Life of Objects
- 16 March — 27 August 2017 *on now
The Life of Objects could be described as an exhibition of the unexpected. Instead of books and manuscripts, it showcases some of the more unusual objects in our collection. And, although humble – the objects range from a beaded bag to a battered pair of baby shoes – each of these objects has its own tale to tell.
With a selection of objects linked to figures as diverse as 20th century composer Delia Derbyshire, the preacher John Wesley and the artist Li Yuan chia, this is an exhibition whose stories leap across history, geography and gender – and rewards time spent uncovering the subtle connections between them.
The Life of Objects, 16 March to 27 August 2017, free entry. Follow us @thejohnrylands or tag your posts #jrlobjects.
- Any age
Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Delia Derbyshire Legacy
- 18 May 2017 7-9:15pm
The John Rylands Library presents unpredictable, evocative and outstanding performances by female artists whose sound and method echoes that of Delia Derbyshire, a pioneer of electronic music at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop who contributed to the original Dr Who theme tune.
Performances at 7pm and 8.30pm (arrival on time recommended, space limited)
- Family friendly
The John Rylands Library
Visitor and event information
Visitor and event enquiries
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