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
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One of The John Rylands Library's Indian manuscripts, showing a woman in a yellow dress

Colour Alive!

  • 17 May 2018 6-8:30pm

The John Rylands Library and dance group Upasana present Colour Alive! Join us as we celebrate the Library’s exhibition, The Alchemy of Colour, with a spectacular evening of colour and dance.

Watch as classical Indian dance brings the splendour of the Library’s Historic Reading Room to life, with performances inspired by ancient manuscripts from the Indian subcontinent.

Performances last for 20 minutes each. If you’d like to see everything, the full programme starts at 6pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm and 8pm.

If you’re just dropping in, arrive any time between 6pm and 8pm and a member of staff will direct you to the next performance.

Free entry. No need to book, just turn up.

Recommended for 7 years and above.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free entry, no need to book

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

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.