Welcome to the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, a stunning neo-Gothic building that houses one of the world’s finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives.
Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands, the library opened to the public in 1900 as a gift to Manchester and its people.
Today, it is part of The University of Manchester Library and offers a range of services and resources for researchers, students and visitors. Whether you want to explore our exhibitions, join our events or simply marvel at our architecture, we look forward to welcoming you to this magnificent library.
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.
Toilets and baby-changing facilities are available.
Our shop offers a wide range of high-quality books, gift items and souvenirs of your visit, including many bespoke products inspired by our remarkable building and collections. We accept contactless payments only.
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 Saturday. Please get in contact with us to book an appointment.
Slavery and the founding of a University.
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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