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The John Rylands Library entrance

Opening times

Visitor opening hours

Entrance of The John Rylands LibraryThe John Rylands Library is open to visitors seven days a week.

  • Monday: 12 noon to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon to 5pm

Please note that the last entry to the Library will be at 4.45pm.  This is to ensure that all visitors are evacuated safely and securely.

Café opening hours

Our café is currently only open at the weekends.  Find out more:

Reader Services opening times

Normal reading room opening hours are 10am - 5pm (7pm Thursday), Monday to Saturday.

  • Monday: 12 noon to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

The Reader Service is closed on public holidays.

Christmas 2017 opening times

The John Rylands Library will be closed:

  • Sunday, 24 December 2017 until Tuesday, 2 January 2018 inclusive

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