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.
Banner for the Off Beat exhibition at The John Rylands Library

Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground

  • 8 September 2016 — 5 March 2017 *on now

Painter, poet, actor and sculptor, a man once described as ‘the only all-round genius most of us are likely to meet’, Jeff Nuttall was one of the few people in the early 1960s to publish William S. Burroughs’ most experimental writing.

From illustrated letters to a rare Burroughs’ text, ‘Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground’ reveals how Nuttall led the charge of the British counterculture with a network of artists and writers whose work was shared worldwide via the low-fi, self-published magazines of the “mimeograph revolution”.

Please note: because of the adult nature of the content in this exhibition, it is not suitable for children.

Share your experience: #jrloffbeat @TheJohnRylands

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/off-beat

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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