The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH
England

Website

www.manchester.ac.uk/library/rylands/

E-mail

Reader enquiries

uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk

Visitor and event information

jrl.events@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

Visitor and Event enquiries

0161 306 0555

Fax

0161 834 5574

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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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.
Aftermath

Aftermath: 100 years of creativity from conflict

  • 7 February — 29 June 2014 *on now

Aftermath brings together examples of protest, reflection, memorial and invention. These represent the stories of people across the world, throughout history and from every walk of life, whose lives have been forever changed by conflict.

Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, Aftermath is both an act of commemoration for lives lost or shattered by war, and a celebration of the enduring spirit of humanity.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/library/rylands/exhibitions/aftermath/

Black and white photograph of men in trenches

Aftermath: Curator Tour

  • 20 May 2014 11am-12pm

Find out more about the stories and secrets behind this powerful and moving exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Aftermath: Knit and Natter

  • 11 March — 3 November 2014 *on now

What better way to enjoy that creative wartime spirit than to join others in a sociable knitting session?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:fg0-hrdjqced-2d39w1

Curator talk: The Space Between

  • 14 May 2014 11am-12pm
  • 16 July 2014 11am-12pm

Join the artist Anthony McCarthy to find out about the inspiration for his artworks spanning from Chapel Street in Salford to The John Rylands Library.

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Here be Dragons!

  • 26 April 2014 12-1pm
  • 10 May 2014 12-1pm

The walls and ceilings of the Library are full of strange and mysterious creatures – join our tour to seek them out! This tour is most suitable for families with children aged 5-10.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Enchanting Tales

  • 10 May 2014 11am-12pm

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more. All welcome, no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Curator Talk: Bus Stop Stories

  • 10 May 2014 11-11:30am
  • 11 June 2014 11-11:30am

Join photographer John Shinnick as he talks about the connections he made with people he met and photographed at his local bus stop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Tour and treasures

  • 15 May 2014 2-3pm

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

  • 19 May 2014 3-4pm

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Explorer tour

  • 25 April 2014 3-4pm
  • 4 May 2014 3-4pm

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Rylands Gallery: Bitesize talk

  • 24 April 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 30 April 2014 12:30-1pm

Drop in for this 15 minute chance to find out more about one of the new displays in the Rylands Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Toddler Tales

  • 8 May 2014 10:30-11:30am

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for children 5 years old and younger, no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4

Website

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:fiz-hrn81roa-ek929w

Photography workshop: Bus Stop Stories

  • 19 April 2014 2-4pm *on now
  • 24 May 2014 2-4pm
  • 14 June 2014 2-4pm

Join photographer John Shinnick and explore how to approach people and take their photos, much as he did for his brilliant exhibition Bus Stop Stories. Places strictly limited, so book early!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Photograph of woman with a letter

Aftermath: Katherine Tynan - Diary of a Woman During Wartime

  • 6 May 2014 2-3pm

Through her collected press cuttings, notes and letters; experience the fascinating record of one woman’s experience during the war.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Children

Ahoy, there! Piratical Pandemonium . . .

  • 16 — 17 May 2014 5pm-9am

Ahoy me hearties! It's the annual Museums at Night sleepover!

The Library will be transformed into a piratical paradise. Look shipshape in seafaring fancy dress for buccaneer games, a swashbuckling movie (Muppets Treasure Island cert U), nautical but nice activities and a chance to win a stay in our Captain's Cabin. Plenty for even the scurviest of landlubbers to enjoy! Arrr!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event most suitable for children aged 5+

Booking is essential. Information about what to bring with you will be sent out to participants prior to the event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/library/rylands

Whimsical Weekday Workshop - Marbling

  • 20 May 2014 11am-4pm

Many of the library’s books include beautifully marbled endpapers – drop in to try your hand at this interesting process.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Thursday late: Stefan Boness

  • 22 May 2014 6-7pm

Pop in after a day’s work or shopping and see the Library in a different light.

At 6pm join photojournalist Stefan Boness for an exploration of his Flanders Fields project.

View stunning contemporary views of the Western Front as it appears today, and discuss what questions his images raise about what lies beneath the surface.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

photograph of gramophone

Aftermath: Wartime Tea Dance

  • 25 May 2014 1-4pm

Get your frocks on and don your pearls, enjoy an afternoon of dancing and wartime-inspired crafts all washed down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

Build a castle

  • 30 May 2014 1-3pm

Find a space in the Library to make your own and then use a selection of materials to build a castle.

You might be inspired by an idea from our collection!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/events/

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