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Visitors in the Historic Reading Room


Situated on Deansgate, in the heart of Manchester, The John Rylands Library is easily accessible by road, tram, train and foot.

As part of the University of Manchester’s response to coronavirus, The John Rylands Library is closed until further notice.

The latest information for all Libraries is available in our news item

Our shop

The John Rylands Library shop offers unique merchandise to suit every budget.

We delight in seeking out unusual gift items and producing bespoke merchandise inspired by the Library’s marvellous collections.

‌Look out for our range of cards, books and other items which we are regularly updating.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more about the items in our shop:

Our cafe

Our cafe is named after the Library's founder, Enriqueta Rylands.

Open five days a week, Enriqueta's serves coffee, tea and a selection of cakes.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 12noon to 4.30pm

Wedding information

Unfortunately, The John Rylands Library is not a licensed wedding venue and there are no plans to attain a license in the foreseeable future.