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, Historic house or home, Museum

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 daily, 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.
The Life of Objects exhibition

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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.

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)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE

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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