Take a look at some of our collections in more detail
Our collection of Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary manuscripts is the most important in the world, and forms an outstanding resource for studying Gaskell and the circles in which she moved.
Our map collections comprise a wealth of cartographic material, providing informative and fascinating resources for the study of History, Art, Geography, Architecture and the Social Sciences.
Our Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual materials are of international significance. They range over five millennia, span cultures from around the world, and encompass countless formats of text and image.
The Library holds a collection of nearly 15,000 fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, purchased from the estate of Dr Moses Gaster in 1954.
The Library's holdings in the field of religious nonconformity provides archives on the Baptist, Moravian, Quaker, Congregational, Christian Brethren and Unitarian traditions.
Our manuscripts are windows onto the medieval world. They are of paramount importance for studies of history, art, language, literature, theology, and science and medicine in the middle ages.
The John Rylands Library holds one of the richest and most wide-ranging papyrus collections in Britain. It includes religious, devotional, literary and administrative texts.
This online collection contains images of the building, its interior and some items relating to the Rylands.