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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.

October 2014

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Collection Encounter: Morbid Miscellany Halloween Horrors

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

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:30pm Saturday, 1 November 2014

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

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Family Fun Afternoon: Chinese Crafts

1:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 2 November 2014

Join us to explore different Chinese craft activities as we celebrate the Asian Triennial’s Harmonious Society exhibition. You might take away a Chinese kite or lantern! Just drop in!

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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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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 5 November 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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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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Exploration of Silence

11:00am-1:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014

Revealing Sounds is a workshop for those with curious ears by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring the hidden sounds of objects and surfaces via the use of contact microphones and touch. During this ...

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Exploration of Silence

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 8 November 2014

Revealing Sounds is a workshop for those with curious ears by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring the hidden sounds of objects and surfaces via the use of contact microphones and touch. During this ...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 12 November 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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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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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 13 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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Paper Cutting Workshop

11:00am-1:00pm Thursday, 13 November 2014

Explore the amazing possibilities of paper-cutting. Make something beautiful to take away!

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Paper Cutting Workshop

2:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 13 November 2014

Explore the amazing possibilities of paper-cutting. Make something beautiful to take away!

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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

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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 architectur...

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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

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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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Introductory Tour

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

Otherwise Unchanged employs an orchestration of sound and image to draw out the gravity, emotion and shimmering lyricism in a reading of Owen Lowery’s first poetry collection. Owen Lowery is a for...

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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

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 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 ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 26 November 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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Bilingual tour of our exhibitions

11:00am-12:00pm Thursday, 27 November 2014

Join us for a bilingual guided tour (in English and French) on our current exhibitions at the John Rylands Library, focussing on Communities in Communication, Echo and Narcissus and French objects in...

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Transcultural Dynamics

5:30pm-6:30pm Thursday, 27 November 2014

Guest speaker Dirk Schoenaers opens a window into the world of the early modern translator - the role they played in diplomatic negotiations; who they wrote for, and why. This talk will explore some ...

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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...

December 2014

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 2 December 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, 3 December 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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Whimsical Wednesday: Crafts for Christmas

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Spend some time creating simple decorations and other Christmas crafts. A relaxing time out amidst the rush to prepare!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Crafts for Christmas

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Spend some time creating simple decorations and other Christmas crafts. A relaxing time out amidst the rush to prepare!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 5 December 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 Friday, 5 December 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 sera...

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Family fun afternoon: Christmas

1:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 6 December 2014

Drop in and make different Christmas decorations. Help Grumbold the Library Dragon decorate our tree.

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 6 December 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-4:30pm Monday, 8 December 2014

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

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 10 December 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 Friday, 12 December 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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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 16 December 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, 17 December 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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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 18 December 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: Christmas Ghost stories

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 18 December 2014

Come and join the Curious Tales team from 6pm as they share spooky Christmas tales in the gothic splendour of the Historic Reading Room. Every third Thursday of the month, we open late so you can ex...

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 19 December 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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Hark!

2:00pm-3:00pm Sunday, 21 December 2014

Join us for our annual afternoon of Christmas songs and carols, in the beautiful surroundings of the Historic Reading Room. Singing will be led by the Salford Royal Choir: raise your voice and help...

January 2015

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 7 January 2015

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 Friday, 9 January 2015

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, 14 January 2015

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 Friday, 16 January 2015

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, 21 January 2015

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 Friday, 23 January 2015

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, 28 January 2015

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 Friday, 30 January 2015

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...