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A copy of our printed What's On guide is available below.

Booking may be necessary to attend some of our events. Full details are available on individual event pages.

September 2014

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 18 September 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

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Third Thursday Late: Flautist Jennifer Dyson

6:00pm-6:30pm Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thrill to the sounds of flute music filling the Historic Reading Room and carrying you away.

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Tour and Treasures

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 18 September 2014

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

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 19 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 20 September 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette visite se...

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Learn together: Journey through time - Mapping Manchester

4:30pm-6:00pm Thursday, 25 September 2014

Investigate the past through historical maps. Discover what Manchester was like when it was little more than a village and take jumps through time as it grew right up to discovering which areas the...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 26 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Unusual Views: Library tour for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 1 October 2014

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

October 2014

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 2 October 2014

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

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 2 October 2014

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 3 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Echo & Narcissus: Curator's talk

2:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, 4 October 2014

Join artist Carol Sommer to explore the stories behind her exhibition and discover who the women were who inspired her to inscribe the mirrors in the exhibition.

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Enchanting Tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 4 October 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more!

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 4 October 2014

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

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 10 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Asia Triennial Sound Art

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 16 October 2014

Join us for a spectacular Sound Art installation as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester 14. 5 - 6.45pm

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 16 October 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

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Tour and treasures

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 16 October 2014

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

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 17 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 18 October 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette visite se...

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Collection encounter: Norman Nicholson

3:30pm-4:30pm Tuesday, 21 October 2014

An opportunity to see and discuss some gems from Nicholson’s own archive – like the original manuscript of his most famous poem 'The Pot Geranium' in his equally famous illegible handwriting. T...

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Whimsical Wednesday: bookfolding

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A restful, simple way of passing the time, folding pages of old books to create new designs.

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Whimsical Wednesday: bookfolding

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A restful, simple way of passing the time, folding pages of old books to create new designs.

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 23 October 2014

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

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Manchester Science Festival: Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 23 October 2014

This fascinating exploration of randomness explains how chaos and uncertainty are often behind the realities of everyday life. Learn how to toss a head ten times in a row and how to make prediction...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 24 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

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The Two Rosies: Life as a Goth Icon

12:00pm-1:00pm Sunday, 26 October 2014

The stellar Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi) holds a place like no other in the dark firmament of Gothic culture. Spanning careers in rock music (as singer with post-punk Gothic behemoths The March ...

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Learn Together: Collection Protection

10:30am-12:00pm Monday, 27 October 2014

How do our conservators use science to protect our books from light, humidity, temperature and pests? Get hands on real-world science experience, using monitoring equipment to investigate environmen...

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Learn Together: Collection Protection

2:30pm-4:00pm Monday, 27 October 2014

How do our conservators use science to protect our books from light, humidity, temperature and pests? Get hands on realworld science experience, using monitoring equipment to investigate environmen...

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Learn Together: Create a Golden Bee

2:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A beginners gold-embroidery workshop, where you will create your own golden bee. Learn how to embroider with gold thread with an experienced teacher. Kit and equipment provided. Suitable for age ...

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

11:00am-11:30am Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

1:00pm-1:30pm Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Manchester Science Festival: The Science of Conservation

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Find out how we keep our books and archives safe for future generations and what some of the threats are.

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Manchester Science Festival: Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

A talk and Q&A with Professor Rosalie David, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at The University of Manchester and until her retirement in 2012, Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at...

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

11:00am-11:30am Thursday, 30 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Manchester Science Festival: Mini Collection Encounter

1:00pm-1:30pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

A chance to spend half an hour finding out about science in our collections.

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Manchester Science Festival: The Mummy (1932)

7:30pm-9:00pm Thursday, 30 October 2014

A special, spooky screening in the magnificent surroundings of the Historic Reading Room of the 1932 film, starring Boris Karloff.

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Collection Encounter: Morbid Miscellany Halloween Horrors

11:00am-12:00pm Friday, 31 October 2014

Come and join us for this one off Halloween Special and embrace the darker side of our collections. Expect horror, intrigue and the unusual!

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Family Fun Afternoon: Bugs and Pests

1:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 31 October 2014

As part of Manchester Science Festival, join us for minibeast crafts.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 31 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a tour, please cont...

November 2014

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 1 November 2014

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

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 6 November 2014

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 7 November 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Personal Patterns

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Learn to decorate through repetition, using patterns, symbols, letters or numbers. Be inspired by our examples or create your own pattern.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Personal Patterns

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Learn to decorate through repetition, using patterns, symbols, letters or numbers. Be inspired by our examples or create your own pattern.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 14 November 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 15 November 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette visite ser...

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Echo & Narcissus: Curator's talk

12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Join artist Carol Sommer to explore the stories behind her exhibition and discover who the women were who inspired her to inscribe the mirrors in the exhibition.

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Conservation Studio Tour

11:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A special opportunity to see our conservation team at work and find out how they care for our collection. Places are very limited.

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:30pm Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5pm - 6.45pm

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Third Thursday Late: Owen Lowery

6:00pm-6:30pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

Formerly a British Judo champion, Owen Lowery suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic. Owen’s first major poetry collection, Otherwise Unchanged, was published in Decemb...

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Tour and Treasures

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 20 November 2014

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

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 21 November 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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

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Collection Encounter: Egyptian Amulets

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Library has a treasure trove of items beyond books. One fascinating area of our collection is our Egyptian amulets. Experience the awe of seeing these rare jewels up close.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 28 November 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Collection encounter: Norman Nicholson

3:30pm-4:30pm Saturday, 29 November 2014

An opportunity to see and discuss some gems from Nicholson’s own archive – like the original manuscript of his most famous poem 'The Pot Geranium' in his equally famous illegible handwriting. T...