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Visit Rylands

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.

Opening hours

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.

Social distancing

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 exhibition, 'Qing: China’s multilingual empire':

Face coverings

We encourage you to wear a face covering inside the Rylands if you can.

Facilities

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.

Events and tours suspended

Events and tours are temporarily suspended.

Online events

Find out about our online events programme here:

Keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest details.

For more information, please email us at jrl.visitors@manchester.ac.uk

Group bookings (schools and colleges)

Unfortunately, we are not taking group bookings for schools and colleges at the moment.

Visit our 'Learn' page for further information:

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.

Opening times