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Accessing Special Collections

Digital access

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

Physical access

We are providing limited in-person access to physical Special Collections held at The John Rylands Library and Main Library for all researchers. There are three spaces available at each site.

Opening times

  • The John Rylands Library: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:30am and 3:30pm
  • Main Library: Tuesday and Thursday between 10.30 and 3.30pm

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

Book an appointment

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

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