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Events and tours

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.

August 2014

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Family Fun Afternoon: Sock puppets

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

Learn how to make a dragon sock puppet!

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 21 August 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: Summer Storytelling

6:00pm-6:30pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

Drop in to the historic Reading Room and enjoy stories for all ages, shared by the Library’s storyteller.

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Tour and Treasures

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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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Pride in the Library

2:00pm-3:00pm Sunday, 24 August 2014

Our collections include some surprising insights into LGBT history. Join us to see intriguing examples from our collections.

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Family Fun Afternoon: Monsters

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 28 August 2014

An afternoon of monster themed fun. Come in beastly fancy dress for creative activities and a thrilling story trail. Grumbold our library dragon is looking forward to meeting you!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 29 August 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 Friday, 29 August 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 con...

September 2014

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 3 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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Embroidery workshop

11:00am-4:00pm Thursday, 4 September 2014

Join us for a day of embroidery inspired by the Library's wonderful collection of embroidered book bindings. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 4 September 2014

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 5 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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Enchanting tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 6 September 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, 6 September 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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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 6 September 2014

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

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Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 12 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 con...

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Printing Press Demonstration

12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 14 September 2014

Join us to see one of our printing presses in action!

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Conservation Studio Tour

11:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, 17 September 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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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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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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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

3:00pm-4:00pm 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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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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Gothic Manchester - My Life as a Gothic Icon

12:30pm-2:00pm Sunday, 26 October 2014

Author Rosie Garland regales with tales of her gothic history, including her time as Rosie Lugosi.

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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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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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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.