Bookings are no longer required to visit Rylands, but we do still have other safety measures in place.
Entrance to the library is free and we estimate your visit to last 30 minutes.
At busier times it may be necessary to limit the number of visitors to protect our Grade 1 listed building, so we may ask you to queue outside prior to entry.
What you need to know
Do I need a ticket?
No, but at busier times it may be necessary to limit the number of visitors to protect our Grade 1 listed building, so we may ask you to queue outside prior to entry.
We ask that you are mindful of staff and other visitors and keep your distance where possible. Queuing systems will be in place to guarantee social distancing. You’ll still be able to explore the beautiful building and take in our exhibitions.
We encourage you to wear a face covering inside the Rylands if you can.
Toilets and baby-changing facilities will be open. The shop will be open and accepting contactless payments only.
The lift will be single-person or one household use only and will be reserved for people who need its use for mobility.
We are committed to enhanced cleaning and hygiene standards including hand-sanitiser stations.
Using Special Collections
The Reading Room at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is open Monday to Friday. Please get in contact with us to book an appointment.
Revealing secrets of the European printing revolution (12 October 2022 to 18 March 2023)
Open 19 May – 4 February 2023
Discover more about our architecture, collections, and what to expect when you visit.
Opening hours for visitors and the Special Collections Reading Room.
The John Rylands Library Research Institute and Library is happy to accommodate group visits.
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Browse online exhibitions to explore our collections and curated research from anywhere in the world.
Our education programmes for primary, secondary and post-16 schools and colleges.
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