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

August 2016

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Curator's corner: A closer look at Shakespeare's First Folio and first edition of Sonnets.

11:30am-11:50am Wednesday, 31 August 2016

This is a great opportunity to hear the curator present a bitesize introduction about the Library’s rare and precious Shakespeare collection. Discover the history behind Shakespeare’s First Foli...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

September 2016

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Toddler tales

10:30am-11:15am Thursday, 1 September 2016

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for families with children 5 and under.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 2 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 9 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 13 September 2016

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, 14 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 15 September 2016

An artistic and social revolution happened in the 1960s, a backlash against the authority of mainstream 'square' culture. Experimentation in art and poetry exploded as artists began to rip-up rule ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 16 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 20 September 2016

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, 21 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 23 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

11:00am-11:45am Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Beat Poets were influential in the establishment-shattering 1960s counter-culture and in exploding the boundaries of poetry. Our experts on the Beat Poets, Douglas Field and Jay Jones, will be ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 30 September 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

October 2016

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 7 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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, 12 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 13 October 2016

An artistic and social revolution happened in the 1960s, a backlash against the authority of mainstream 'square' culture. Experimentation in art and poetry exploded as artists began to rip-up rule ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 14 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Explorer tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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, 19 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

11:00am-11:45am Friday, 21 October 2016

The Beat Poets were influential in the establishment-shattering 1960s counter-culture and in exploding the boundaries of poetry. Our experts on the Beat Poets, Douglas Field and Jay Jones, will be ...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 21 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 28 October 2016

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. No need to book, just turn up.

November 2016

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Off-Beat/On-Screen: Two Beat Films and Flim Nite Performances

7:30pm-9:30pm Thursday, 17 November 2016

We want to celebrate the unexpected and the bizarre with our screening of the two great Beat Poet films, 'Pull My Daisy' and 'Wholly Communion'. Tapping into the free and wild spirit of the Beat Gene...

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Collections Encounter: Experimentations of the Counter-Culture

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 18 November 2016

An artistic and social revolution happened in the 1960s, a backlash against the authority of mainstream 'square' culture. Experimentation in art and poetry exploded as artists began to rip-up rule ...

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14th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading: Bill Manhire

7:00pm-8:00pm Thursday, 24 November 2016

Join us for an evening of poetry at The John Rylands Library. This year's Rylands Poetry Reading will be given by Bill Manhire. Bill Manhire (b. Invercargill, NZ, 1946) was his country's inaugural...

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Exposing the Off-Beat: A Curator Tour

12:00pm-12:45pm Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Beat Poets were influential in the establishment-shattering 1960s counter-culture and in exploding the boundaries of poetry. Our experts on the Beat Poets, Douglas Field and Jay Jones, will be ...

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