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Accessing Special Collections

Appointments

Researchers can book appointments to access material in the Special Collections Reading Rooms at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library and the Main Library.

Appointments are available:

  • For collections held at the Rylands: Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
  • For collections held at the Main Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm

Limited spaces are available, and you must give a minimum of one week’s notice when booking an appointment.

Digital appointments

You can book a digital appointment to view a small amount of Special Collections material held at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library or the Main Library via a Zoom call.

Appointments are available:

  • For collections held at the Rylands: Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
  • For collections held at Main Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm

You must give a minimum of one week’s notice when booking an appointment.

How to book an appointment

To enquire about the Special Collections or book an in-person or digital appointment, contact the team:

Digitised material

Some of the Library’s Special Collections have been digitised and are available online: